These are the Maxwell Award winners. It is given to nation's outstanding football player each year.

  1. 1937 - Clint Frank, Yale, HB
  2. 1938 - Davey O'Brien, TCU, QB
  3. 1939 - Nile Kinnick, Iowa, HB
  4. 1940 - Tom Harmon, Michigan, HB
  5. 1941 - Bill Dudley, Virginia, HB
  6. 1942 - Paul Governali, Columbia, QB
  7. 1943 - Bob Odell, Pennsylvania, HB
  8. 1944 - Glenn Davis, Army, HB
  9. 1945 - Doc Blanchard, Army, FB
  10. 1946 - Charley Trippi, Georgia, HB
  11. 1947 - Doak Walker, SMU, HB
  12. 1948 - Chuck Bednarik, Pennsylvania, C
  13. 1949 - Leon Hart, Notre Dame, E
  14. 1950 - Reds Bagnell, Pennsylvania, HB
  15. 1951 - Dick Kazmaier, Princeton, HB
  16. 1952 - John Lattner, Notre Dame, HB
  17. 1953 - John Lattner, Notre Dame, HB
  18. 1954 - Ron Beagle, Navy, E
  19. 1955 - Howard Cassady, Ohio State, HB
  20. 1956 - Tommy McDonald, Oklahoma, HB
  21. 1957 - Bob Reifsnyder, Navy, T
  22. 1958 - Pete Dawkins, Army, HB
  23. 1959 - Rich Lucas, Penn State, QB
  24. 1960 - Joe Bellino, Navy, HB
  25. 1961 - Bob Ferguson, Ohio State, FB
  26. 1962 - Terry Baker, Oregon State, QB
  27. 1963 - Roger Staubach, Navy, QB
  28. 1964 - Glenn Ressler, Penn State, C
  29. 1965 - Tommy Nobis, Texas, LB
  30. 1966 - Jim Lynch, Notre Dame, LB
  31. 1967 - Gary Beban, UCLA, QB
  32. 1968 - O.J. Simpson, USC, RB
  33. 1969 - Mike Reid, Penn State, DT
  34. 1970 - Jim Plunkett, Stanford, QB
  35. 1971 - Ed Marinaro, Cornell, RB
  36. 1972 - Brad Van Pelt, Michigan State, DB
  37. 1973 - John Cappelletti, Penn State, RB
  38. 1974 - Steve Joachim, Temple, QB
  39. 1975 - Archie Griffin, Ohio State, RB
  40. 1976 - Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, RB
  41. 1977 - Ross Browner, Notre Dame, DE
  42. 1978 - Chuck Fusina, Penn State, QB
  43. 1979 - Charles White, USC, RB
  44. 1980 - Hugh Green, Pittsburgh, DE
  45. 1980 - Hugh Green, Pittsburgh, DE
  46. 1981 - Marcus Allen, USC, RB
  47. 1982 - Herschel Walker, Georgia, RB
  48. 1983 - Mike Rozier, Nebraska, RB
  49. 1984 - Doug Flutie, Boston College, QB
  50. 1985 - Chuck Long, Iowa, QB
  51. 1986 - Vinny Testaverde, Miami (FL), QB
  52. 1987 - Don McPherson, Syracuse, QB
  53. 1988 - Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, RB
  54. 1989 - Anthony Thompson, Indiana, RB
  55. 1990 - Ty Detmer, BYU, QB
  56. 1991 - Desmond Howard, Michigan, WR
  57. 1992 - Gino Torretta, Miami (FL), QB
  58. 1993 - Charlie Ward, Florida State, QB
  59. 1994 - Kerry Collins, Penn State, QB
  60. 1995 - Eddie George, Ohio State, RB
  61. 1996 - Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB
  62. 1997 - Peyton Manning, Tennessee, QB
  63. 1998 - Ricky Williams, Texas, RB
  64. 1999 - Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, RB
  65. 2000 - Drew Brees, Purdue, QB
  66. 2001 - Ken Dorsey, Miami (FL), QB
  67. 2002 - Larry Johnson, Penn State, RB
  68. 2003 - Eli Manning, Mississippi, QB
  69. 2004 - Jason White, Oklahoma, QB
  70. 2005 - Vince Young, Texas, QB
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