No. 3 - First 20-20 Player and First Sophomore Heisman Trophy Winner
In 2007 Tim Tebow became the first player in college football history to score both 20 rushing TDs and 20 passing TDs in a single season in the game against Florida Atlantic. The original story is here. At present he is both the first and only player to do so. The 20-20 statistic is what many believe made it possible for Tebow to become the first Sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.
Winning the Heisman, and setting two separate college records in doing so, launched Tebow to pop culture status. It was the beginning of his national platform and the beginning of his broader influence as an individual.
The TimTeblog take on the 20/20 milestone.