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Leon Hart
Date of birth: November 2, 1928(1928-11-02)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date of death: September 24, 2002 (aged 73)
Place of death: South Bend, Indiana
Career information
Position(s): End
Jersey №: 82
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1950 / Round: 1 / Pick 1
 As player:
1950-1957 Detroit Lions
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1951
Awards: 1949 Heisman Trophy
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Leon Joseph Hart (November 2, 1928–September 24, 2002) was an American football tight end and defensive end. He was raised in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.

He won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award whilst at the University of Notre Dame in 1949 and played in the National Football League for eight seasons, all with the Detroit Lions.

He holds the distinction of being the only lineman to win three National Titles in both college and the pros. He was the last and one of only two lineman ever to win the Heisman Trophy. Also, he is the last player to win the Heisman Trophy, a consensus national championship, and become the number 1 pick in the NFL draft all in the same one-year span.

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Preceded by
Doak Walker
Heisman Trophy Winner
Succeeded by
Vic Janowicz
Preceded by
Lou Boudreau
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Jim Konstanty


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