Princeton, NJ – Princeton University football legend Dick Kazmaier, the 1951 only Heisman Trophy winner, died at the age of 82 Thursday in Boston, the Ivy League school announced.
Kazmaier was a senior when he won the 1951 Heisman as a Princeton halfback, quarterback and kicker, one year after helping the Tigers capture the 1950 national championship. His final two teams went undefeated.
The native of Maumee, Ohio, ranked as Princeton's all-time leading rusher (1,950 yards) and was second in passing (2,404 yards) when he graduated in 1952. He scored 55 touchdowns in his career.
Though he was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1952, Kazmaier did not play professionally because he felt he could earn more money in business.
Kazmaier, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966, had his number "42" retired by Princeton in 2008 as a legacy with another former Tigers great, Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Bradley.
Kazmaier is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia, five daughters and several grandchildren. A sixth daughter, Patty, also an accomplished athlete, died of a rare blood disease in 1990.