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Les Horvath
Date of birth: October 12, 1921(1921-10-12)
Place of birth: South Bend, Indiana
Date of death: November 14, 1995 (aged 74)
Career information
Position(s): Halfback/Quarterback
College: Ohio State University
NFL Draft: 1943 / Round: 6 / Pick: 45
 As player:
Los Angeles Rams
Cleveland Browns
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 1944 Heisman Trophy
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Leslie "Les" Horvath (October 12, 1921 – November 14, 1995) was the 1944 Heisman Trophy winner, who played quarterback and halfback for the Ohio State University.


Early life

He was born in South Bend, Indiana, and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

Horvath graduated from James Ford Rhodes High School in Cleveland, Ohio; other notable graduates are Drew Carey and Arnaldo Jimenez.

College Football

Horvath played for the Buckeyes in 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1944. He had already graduated with a bachelor's degree after the 1942 season, and moved on to graduate school. While studying dentistry in graduate school, head coach Carroll Widdoes asked Horvath to come back to the team for the 1944 season because of the manpower shortage caused by World War II. The college football rules at the time permitted the fourth year of eligibility beyond graduation because of wartime.


After graduating from the dental school in 1945, Horvath joined the United States Navy as an Ensign, and he served in that role until he was discharged in July 1947. He played professional football for three seasons from 1947 to 1949 for the Los Angeles Rams and the Cleveland Browns. He then became a practicing dentist in the Los Angeles area of southern California.


He has a son, Phil Horvath who played college football for Southern Illinois.

External links

Preceded by
Angelo Bertelli
Heisman Trophy Winner
Succeeded by
Doc Blanchard
Preceded by
Otto Graham
Big Ten Football MVP
Succeeded by
Ollie Cline
Preceded by
Gordon Appleby
Ohio State Buckeyes
Football Season MVP

Succeeded by
Ollie Cline


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