Heisman winner, Maumee legend Dick Kazmaier dies

Dick Kazmaier graduated from Maumee High School is 1948.

Maumee has lost a legendary friend with the passing of football star and businessman, Dick Kazmaier.

The gridiron legend died Thursday at the age of 82. He is said to have passed after a battle with heart and lung disease.

Kazmaier, a 1948 graduate of Maumee High School, went on to play football at Princeton University. There he won the coveted Heisman Trophy in 1951 and remains the last player from an Ivy League school to win the award. He turned down offers to play professional football with the Chicago Bears, saying he had achieved as much as he had wanted out of his football career. He furthered his studies at Harvard and continued on to become a successful businessman.

In the fall of 2007, Kazmaier gave back to his Maumee alma mater by donating his Heisman Trophy to the school. The high school became one of only a handful in the world that houses a Heisman statue.

Kazmaier often returned to northwest Ohio for an annual golf outing benefitting the Maumee High School athletic program. Over the past two decades, the event had raised over $180,000 for the program. "I figure what I can do is try to set an example," said Kazmaier. "Show other people, young people, the way to a better life...that is to play athletics and study."

Maumee High School Stadium, home to the Maumee Panthers, now carries Kazmaier's name.