The moment when Robert Griffin III stepped to the podium Saturday night to receive the Heisman Trophy, greeted by a contingent of past winners, the Baylor quarterback automatically became eligible for membership in another sort of club.
Not that he wants to join it. No player does.
It is the society of Heisman flops.
Scroll down the long and prominent list — Pat Sullivan, Jason White, Eric Crouch, et al. — of men who stood on college football's highest pedestal only to crash and burn as pros.
"The Heisman Trophy isn't given to the player who has the best future in the NFL," said Brian Billick, the former Ravens coach who now works as an analyst for Fox Sports and NFL Network. "The Heisman is for college.
Among 16 quarterbacks, only Carson Palmer can claim to have reached that status, with the jury still out on Cam Newton, Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow. Vinny Testaverde and Doug Flutie were solid if unspectacular. Plenty of others were duds.
However, Billick points out that a similar ratio applies to all quarterbacks trying to jump from college to the NFL.
In 1990, Heisman winner Andre Ware was selected by the Lions with the seventh pick in the draft — and went nowhere. The same can be said for later picks such as Tommy Hodson and Peter Tom Willis.
Even Jeff George, the No. 1 selection, had a rocky career.
Only Neil O'Donnell, taken at No. 70, established a solid track record in the pros.
"If a running back has the right size, speed and strength, he's going to be great," Billick said. "For quarterbacks, what is the list of attributes?"
Is it a quick release like Dan Marino's? The throwing motion of a Warren Moon? The field awareness of a Joe Montana?
"Obviously, when you focus on the quarterback position, the evaluation process is flawed at best," Billick said. "It's a 50-50 crapshoot."
Further complicating the situation, college teams often favor quarterbacks who run as often as they pass. NFL scouts say 80 percent of the playbook for this kind of offense has no bearing on what the pros do.
Take Crouch, for example. He was a dual-threat quarterback at Nebraska who never played in the NFL.