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June 17, 1968: Heisman Trophy Winner a Bust in D.C.

June 17, 1968: Heisman Trophy Winner a Bust in D.C.

On June 17, 1968, the Redskins traded a 1st-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Gary Beban, although many NFL experts believed the rookie out of UCLA was worth no more than a 2nd-rounder.  Rams coach George Allen, later the famed Redskins’ coach of the 1970s, suckered the Skins into what became one of their most embarrassing trades ever.  Redskins President Edward Bennett Williams pushed for the deal.  He signed Beban to a 3-year, no-cut contract worth about $250,000.  But Beban never developed as an NFL quarterback, and he played sparingly at running back, receiver and defensive back before being cut during the 1970 season.  He retired from the game.