Huarte's Heisman Trophy victory ranks as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the award considering he missed much of his sophomore season due to injury and didn't even play enough as a junior to win a monogram. Behind the aerial efforts of Huarte and fellow Californian Jack Snow (he caught 60 passes that year for 1,114 yards and a record nine touchdowns), Ara Parseghian in his first year turned Notre Dame from a 2-7 team in '63 into a 9-1 squad that came within minutes of the national title. Huarte threw for 270 yards in the '64 opening-game upset of Wisconsin -- including TD tosses of 61 and 42 yards to Snow -- and ended up finishing the year ranked third nationally in total offense (2,069 yards). He set 12 Irish records that year, and also earned back of the year and player of the year honors from United Press International. A second-round draft pick of the New York Jets, Huarte played sparingly in the pro ranks for eight years with Boston, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Kansas City and Chicago, prior to retiring from the World Football League Memphis entry in 1975. Huarte currently is in the tile business in Tempe, Ariz.

Huarte's Statistics


1964 Heisman Voting
1. John Huarte, Notre Dame (1,026)
2. Jerry Rhome, Tulsa (952)
3. Dick Butkus, Illinois (505)
4. Bob Timberlake, Michigan (361)
5. Jack Snow, Notre Dame (187)
6. Tucker Frederickson, Auburn (184)
7. Craig Morton, California (181)
8. Steve DeLong, Tennessee (176)
9. Cosmo Iacavazzi, Princeton (165)
10. Brian Piccolo, Wake Forest (124)

John Huarte
John  Huarte

Santa Ana, CA

High School:
Mater Dei

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 180


Heisman Trophy '64

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