Ivy League's last Heisman winner Dick Kazmaier dies at 82

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Former Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier died on Thursday at the age of 82.

Kazmaier was a halfback at Princeton in 1951 when he won the award after receiving 506 first-place votes and 1,777 points, which was a record for a Heisman Trophy winner at the time. Kazmaier is also the last Ivy League college football player to win the Heisman.

"Notwithstanding all of the achievements in his athletic, business and philanthropic endeavors, Dick remained one of the most self-effacing individuals I have ever met," Princeton athletic director Gary Walters said in a statement. "He never sought the spotlight and always led in a thoughtful and ethical manner."

Princeton went 18-0 in Kazmaier's final two seasons with the team, as he led the Tigers with 1,950 yards rushing and 2,404 yards passing. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966 and also had his No. 42 retired by Princeton in 2008.

Walters noted that Kazmaier, who was father to six daughters, played a major role in helping to implement 1972's landmark Title IX legislation that provided equal competitive opportunities for women in college and college sports.

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