Fighitng irish Athletics | February 18, 2016
John Lattner used to say his football career at the University of Notre Dame was spent mostly in Irish head coach Frank Leahy's doghouse. When Lattner was asked to name his most memorable game and he often would laugh and mention the time he fumbled five times against Purdue.
"No other Heisman Trophy winner has ever done that," he would say, chuckling.
He was just being modest, of course. The truth is, Lattner won the 1953 Heisman because he was the best all-around player in the college game. A six-foot-one, 195-pounder who played both ways, Lattner didn't lead his senior team in rushing, passing, scoring, receiving or tackling. But he did everything so well, on both sides of the line, that he was the leader of a 9-0-1 Irish team.