Jim McMahon, 1978-81: McMahon, who attended Roy High School, was a consensus All-American in 1981, and won both the Sammy Baugh Trophy and the Davey O'Brien Award that same year as the nation's top quarterback. He also finished fifth in Heisman Award balloting in 1980 and third in 1981. He led the nation in passing and total offense his junior and senior seasons, and finished his career setting 75 (37 passing and 38 total offense) NCAA records. In 1980 his passing efficiency was 176.9, an NCAA record. In 36 games at BYU, he threw for 9,536 yards and 84 TDs. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.
McMahon (6-foot-1) was a first-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 1982 and played 16 seasons in the NFL. He was the NFL rookie of the year in 1982, and led the Bears to the Super Bowl title in 1986. He also earned a ring with Green Bay in 1996. In his NFL career he threw for 18,148 yards and 100 TDs.
Copyright 2015, Deseret News Publishing Company