'Mr. Inside' Heisman Winner Doc Blanchard Dead At 84
He was the trophy's first junior winner in helping West Point to consecutive championships in 1944 and 1945 near the end of World War II. In total, Blanchard netted 1,908 yards and 38 touchdowns in his three-year Army career (he played freshman football at North Carolina). Army would go 27-0-1 in that span.
Blanchard spent his entire career with the Army Air Force ascending to the rank of colonel, according to the Heisman Web site. Blanchard became a jet pilot, serving in Vietnam and later earning bravery honors for safely landing a plane that had caught flames.
Great stuff, but he'll forever be remembered as part of a loaded backfield. His Heisman Trophy and major role in some of college football's most dominant teams in a glorified era of the game.