The Heisman Trophy won by Ricky Williams in 1998 while playing at the University of Texas was sold at auction for $504,000, setting a record for college football’s most recognizable award.
The winning bid for the trophy in Heritage Auctions’ Fall Sports Memorabilia Collectibles offerings exceeded the previous auction record for a Heisman set when Tim Brown’s 1987 trophy fetched $435,763 last December.
Williams earned the Heisman for his performance in the season he set the then-NCAA career record with 6,592 yards rushing. The mark was topped one year later by Ron Dayne at the University of Wisconsin.
Williams’ Heisman is the last one awarded before trophy winners were required to sign an agreement forfeiting the right to sell it.
Williams was drafted No. 5 overall by New Orleans in 1999. He spent 12 seasons in the National Football League with the Saints, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens before retiring after the 2011 season.
He finished his career with 10,009 yards rushing and 66 touchdowns, along with 2,606 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Williams was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015.