- Winner of the 1984 Heisman Trophy Award as the outstanding college football player in America.
- A surefire combination of derring-do, charisma and dazzling football skills made him the most proficient offensive player in the history of college football (11,318 career yards); he was the first major college football passer to surpass 10,000 career yards (10,579).
- A unanimous First-Team All-America selection in 1984, he also won the Maxwell Award (outstanding player) and the Davey O'Brien Award (top quarterback) that year.
- Earned a starting role as a true freshman and never missed a game in his four-year career. He led BC teams to the 1982 Tangerine Bowl, the 1983 Liberty Bowl and the 1985 Cotton Bowl championship. An excellent student as well as athlete, he was a candidate for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in his senior year.
- After graduation, he played 22 years of professional football and was elected to the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility (2007).