Today in Sports History: December 5

By Jonah Sharf

On December 5, 1981 USC running back Marcus Allen was named the Heisman Trophy winner, beating out fellow running back Herschel Walker and quarterback Jim McMahon. Allen finished the season with an incredible 2,342 rushing yards, becoming the second player in NCAA history to break the 2,000 yards rushing barrier. Allen also rushed for 22 touchdowns on the season. Allen had an incredible college career, but he was no professional bust either—he was the first player to gain more than 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards during his career. He is also the only player to ever win the Heisman Trophy, an NCAA national championship, a Super Bowl, an NFL MVP award, and the Super Bowl MVP award.

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