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As a junior in 1978 at the University of Oklahoma, Billy Sims led the nation in rushing and scoring with 1,762 yards on 231 carries, and averaged 160.1 yards per game. Sims won the Heisman Trophy in 1978, becoming the sixth junior to ever do so. He was the first player in the Big Eight to rush for more than 200 yards in three straight games, and as a senior, he again led the nation in scoring. Sims was the first overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He gained 1,303 yards and earned NFC Rookie of the Year honors, leading the league with 13 touchdowns. He played five years in Detroit and finished his career with 1,131 carries for 5,106 yards and 186 receptions for 2,072 yards before a knee injury forced his retirement in 1984.