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Jim Plunkett (1970)
Posted: Sunday November 14, 1999 12:14 PM
In 1970, Jim Plunkett became the only Heisman Trophy winner in Stanford history, but that wasn't his chief goal his senior year.
"The one thing we had come up short on was not getting to the Rose Bowl, not beating USC my junior year," said Plunkett. "So we all decided that we'd stay another year and try to beat S.C. and get to the Rose Bowl, which is exactly what we did."
Plunkett ended his career with 7,887 yards in total offense, which was then not only a Stanford record but an NCAA mark as well. Plunkett was well aware of the Heisman hype surrounding him after finishing eighth the previous year.
"I certainly felt a lot of pressure, and probably self imposed some as well, because I wanted to go out every week and do my best," said Plunkett. "But it's hard to get around all the attention and all the hype that's produced by the Heisman."
After 16 NFL seasons and two Super Bowl victories with the Oakland Raiders, Plunkett remained in the Bay area and now co-hosts the Raider's pre-game show.