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Every year the Heisman Trophy is awarded to the best player in college football.

Despite the greatness of these players in college, winning the Heisman is not a guarantee of future success. While many past winners thrive in the NFL, there are also those that are out of the league just a few years after being on top of their sport.

Below we take a look at every Heisman winner dating back to 1998, checking in to see how their careers have gone and what they are up to now.

Ricky Williams ran away with the Heisman in 1998, rushing for 2,327 yards and 29 touchdowns for the Texas Longhorns.


Ricky Williams ran away with the Heisman in 1998, rushing for 2,327 yards and 29 touchdowns for the Texas Longhorns.play

Ricky Williams ran away with the Heisman in 1998, rushing for 2,327 yards and 29 touchdowns for the Texas Longhorns.

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Williams went on to have a successful if disjointed NFL career. After leading the league in rushing in 2002 with the Dolphins, Williams tested positive for marijuana several times and announced his retirement in 2004. He did return to Miami just two years later. Recently, he founded a brand of cannabis products, “Real Wellness,” and serves as a commentator on The Longhorn Network.


Williams went on to have a successful if disjointed NFL career. After leading the league in rushing in 2002 with the Dolphins, Williams tested positive for marijuana several times and announced his retirement in 2004. He did return to Miami just two years later. Recently, he founded a brand of cannabis products, "Real Wellness," and serves as a commentator on The Longhorn Network.play

Williams went on to have a successful if disjointed NFL career. After leading the league in rushing in 2002 with the Dolphins, Williams tested positive for marijuana several times and announced his retirement in 2004. He did return to Miami just two years later. Recently, he founded a brand of cannabis products, “Real Wellness,” and serves as a commentator on The Longhorn Network.

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Ron Dayne was awarded the 1999 Heisman, finishing his career as the all-time leading rusher in NCAA Division I FBS history with 7,125 yards for the Wisconsin Badgers.


Ron Dayne was awarded the 1999 Heisman, finishing his career as the all-time leading rusher in NCAA Division I FBS history with 7,125 yards for the Wisconsin Badgers.play

Ron Dayne was awarded the 1999 Heisman, finishing his career as the all-time leading rusher in NCAA Division I FBS history with 7,125 yards for the Wisconsin Badgers.

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Dayne played in the NFL for seven seasons with the Giants, Broncos, and Texans. In 2018, he went back to school and finally got his degree, which he shared proudly over social media. He also serves as a goodwill ambassador for Wisconsin sports teams, and his daughter plays soccer for the University of Michigan.


Dayne played in the NFL for seven seasons with the Giants, Broncos, and Texans. In 2018, he went back to school and finally got his degree, which he shared proudly over social media. He also serves as a goodwill ambassador for Wisconsin sports teams, and his daughter plays soccer for the University of Michigan.play

Dayne played in the NFL for seven seasons with the Giants, Broncos, and Texans. In 2018, he went back to school and finally got his degree, which he shared proudly over social media. He also serves as a goodwill ambassador for Wisconsin sports teams, and his daughter plays soccer for the University of Michigan.

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Chris Weinke won the Heisman in 2000 while leading Florida State to their second-straight national championship game. At 28, he was the oldest player to ever win the award.


Chris Weinke won the Heisman in 2000 while leading Florida State to their second-straight national championship game. At 28, he was the oldest player to ever win the award.play

Chris Weinke won the Heisman in 2000 while leading Florida State to their second-straight national championship game. At 28, he was the oldest player to ever win the award.

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After six years in the NFL, Weinke retired and went into coaching. He was an offensive analyst for Alabama during their 2017 national championship season, and now works for the Los Angeles Rams as a running backs coach.


After six years in the NFL, Weinke retired and went into coaching. He was an offensive analyst for Alabama during their 2017 national championship season, and now works for the Los Angeles Rams as a running backs coach.play

After six years in the NFL, Weinke retired and went into coaching. He was an offensive analyst for Alabama during their 2017 national championship season, and now works for the Los Angeles Rams as a running backs coach.

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Eric Crouch dominated as the centerpiece of Nebraska’s option offense, rushing for 1,115 yards and 18 touchdowns to win the Heisman in 2001.


Eric Crouch dominated as the centerpiece of Nebraska's option offense, rushing for 1,115 yards and 18 touchdowns to win the Heisman in 2001.play

Eric Crouch dominated as the centerpiece of Nebraska’s option offense, rushing for 1,115 yards and 18 touchdowns to win the Heisman in 2001.

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Crouch bounced around professional football, briefly appearing in the NFL and CFL. He now works as a running backs and special teams coach at Midland University in Nebraska.


Crouch bounced around professional football, briefly appearing in the NFL and CFL. He now works as a running backs and special teams coach at Midland University in Nebraska.play

Crouch bounced around professional football, briefly appearing in the NFL and CFL. He now works as a running backs and special teams coach at Midland University in Nebraska.

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In 2002, Carson Palmer took home the Heisman after breaking USC records for most completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns in a monster season. He led the Trojans to an 11-2 record and an Orange Bowl win over Iowa.


In 2002, Carson Palmer took home the Heisman after breaking USC records for most completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns in a monster season. He led the Trojans to an 11-2 record and an Orange Bowl win over Iowa.play

In 2002, Carson Palmer took home the Heisman after breaking USC records for most completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns in a monster season. He led the Trojans to an 11-2 record and an Orange Bowl win over Iowa.

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Palmer went on to have a successful career in the pros, playing for 14 seasons for the Bengals, Raiders, and Cardinals, before retiring after the 2017 season.


Palmer went on to have a successful career in the pros, playing for 14 seasons for the Bengals, Raiders, and Cardinals, before retiring after the 2017 season.play

Palmer went on to have a successful career in the pros, playing for 14 seasons for the Bengals, Raiders, and Cardinals, before retiring after the 2017 season.

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Jason White won the 2003 Heisman after a season that included 40 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.


Jason White won the 2003 Heisman after a season that included 40 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.play

Jason White won the 2003 Heisman after a season that included 40 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.

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White became just the third Heisman winner to go undrafted. He was eventually signed by the Titans for two seasons but later quit football. He was also a co-owner of the Bricktown Brawlers of the Indoor Football League in 2011, but the team folded after just one season.


White became just the third Heisman winner to go undrafted. He was eventually signed by the Titans for two seasons but later quit football. He was also a co-owner of the Bricktown Brawlers of the Indoor Football League in 2011, but the team folded after just one season.play

White became just the third Heisman winner to go undrafted. He was eventually signed by the Titans for two seasons but later quit football. He was also a co-owner of the Bricktown Brawlers of the Indoor Football League in 2011, but the team folded after just one season.

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Matt Leinart became the second USC quarterback to win the Heisman in three years when he took home the award in 2004. Leinart led the Trojans to an undefeated championship season, throwing for 33 touchdowns and just six interceptions.


Matt Leinart became the second USC quarterback to win the Heisman in three years when he took home the award in 2004. Leinart led the Trojans to an undefeated championship season, throwing for 33 touchdowns and just six interceptions.play

Matt Leinart became the second USC quarterback to win the Heisman in three years when he took home the award in 2004. Leinart led the Trojans to an undefeated championship season, throwing for 33 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

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After a less-than-stellar run as a starter with the Cardinals, Leinart spent five years in the NFL as a backup until 2012. He now works as a college football analyst at FS1.


After a less-than-stellar run as a starter with the Cardinals, Leinart spent five years in the NFL as a backup until 2012. He now works as a college football analyst at FS1.play

After a less-than-stellar run as a starter with the Cardinals, Leinart spent five years in the NFL as a backup until 2012. He now works as a college football analyst at FS1.

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Although the award was later vacated, Reggie Bush will still always be remembered as the 2005 Heisman winner, earning 91.8% of possible points towards the award — still the highest ever attained.


Although the award was later vacated, Reggie Bush will still always be remembered as the 2005 Heisman winner, earning 91.8% of possible points towards the award — still the highest ever attained.play

Although the award was later vacated, Reggie Bush will still always be remembered as the 2005 Heisman winner, earning 91.8% of possible points towards the award — still the highest ever attained.

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Reggie Bush had a sporadic career as a pro, spending time with the Saints, Dolphins, Lions, 49ers, and Bills over the course of his 11 years in the league. He cleared 1,000 rushing just twice. Bush formally retired in 2017, and now contributes to NFL Network, sometimes filling in as a host of “Good Morning Football.”


Reggie Bush had a sporadic career as a pro, spending time with the Saints, Dolphins, Lions, 49ers, and Bills over the course of his 11 years in the league. He cleared 1,000 rushing just twice. Bush formally retired in 2017, and now contributes to NFL Network, sometimes filling in as a host of "Good Morning Football."play

Reggie Bush had a sporadic career as a pro, spending time with the Saints, Dolphins, Lions, 49ers, and Bills over the course of his 11 years in the league. He cleared 1,000 rushing just twice. Bush formally retired in 2017, and now contributes to NFL Network, sometimes filling in as a host of “Good Morning Football.”

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Troy Smith won the 2006 Heisman, carrying Ohio State to an undefeated regular season before losing to Florida in the national title game.


Troy Smith won the 2006 Heisman, carrying Ohio State to an undefeated regular season before losing to Florida in the national title game.play

Troy Smith won the 2006 Heisman, carrying Ohio State to an undefeated regular season before losing to Florida in the national title game.

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Smith had a short-lived NFL career, spending time with the Ravens and 49ers before leaving for the CFL where he played until 2014.


Smith had a short-lived NFL career, spending time with the Ravens and 49ers before leaving for the CFL where he played until 2014.play

Smith had a short-lived NFL career, spending time with the Ravens and 49ers before leaving for the CFL where he played until 2014.

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Tim Tebow was one of the most electrifying college players in recent memory and became the first sophomore to win the Heisman in 2007.


Tim Tebow was one of the most electrifying college players in recent memory and became the first sophomore to win the Heisman in 2007.play

Tim Tebow was one of the most electrifying college players in recent memory and became the first sophomore to win the Heisman in 2007.

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Tebow tried his luck in the NFL, even leading the Broncos to a shocking playoff win over the Steelers in 2011, but would fall out of the league after just three seasons. He’s now giving baseball a shot in the Mets’ minor league system. Unfortunately, a somewhat promising 2018 season was cut short by a hand injury.


Tebow tried his luck in the NFL, even leading the Broncos to a shocking playoff win over the Steelers in 2011, but would fall out of the league after just three seasons. He's now giving baseball a shot in the Mets' minor league system. Unfortunately, a somewhat promising 2018 season was cut short by a hand injury.play

Tebow tried his luck in the NFL, even leading the Broncos to a shocking playoff win over the Steelers in 2011, but would fall out of the league after just three seasons. He’s now giving baseball a shot in the Mets’ minor league system. Unfortunately, a somewhat promising 2018 season was cut short by a hand injury.

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In 2008, Sam Bradford threw an unbelievable 50 touchdowns to lead the Oklahoma Sooners to the championship game en route to being named the best player in college football.


In 2008, Sam Bradford threw an unbelievable 50 touchdowns to lead the Oklahoma Sooners to the championship game en route to being named the best player in college football.play

In 2008, Sam Bradford threw an unbelievable 50 touchdowns to lead the Oklahoma Sooners to the championship game en route to being named the best player in college football.

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In the NFL, Bradford has been a journeyman quarterback. While injuries have set his career off course more than once, he’s still made $114 million in his NFL career — good for 22nd all-time. He’s currently set to start for the Arizona Cardinals heading into 2018.


In the NFL, Bradford has been a journeyman quarterback. While injuries have set his career off course more than once, he's still made $114 million in his NFL career — good for 22nd all-time. He's currently set to start for the Arizona Cardinals heading into 2018.play

In the NFL, Bradford has been a journeyman quarterback. While injuries have set his career off course more than once, he’s still made $114 million in his NFL career — good for 22nd all-time. He’s currently set to start for the Arizona Cardinals heading into 2018.

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Mark Ingram averaged 118 yards a game for Alabama during his 2009 Heisman campaign, leading the Crimson Tide to a national championship win over Texas.


Mark Ingram averaged 118 yards a game for Alabama during his 2009 Heisman campaign, leading the Crimson Tide to a national championship win over Texas.play

Mark Ingram averaged 118 yards a game for Alabama during his 2009 Heisman campaign, leading the Crimson Tide to a national championship win over Texas.

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Today, Ingram is heading into his eighth season with the New Orleans Saints, having cleared 1,000 yards rushing the past two years. He’ll start the 2018 season on the sidelines though, serving a four-game suspension for a substance violation.


Today, Ingram is heading into his eighth season with the New Orleans Saints, having cleared 1,000 yards rushing the past two years. He'll start the 2018 season on the sidelines though, serving a four-game suspension for a substance violation.play

Today, Ingram is heading into his eighth season with the New Orleans Saints, having cleared 1,000 yards rushing the past two years. He’ll start the 2018 season on the sidelines though, serving a four-game suspension for a substance violation.

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Cam Newton enthralled SEC football fans during his time at Auburn, pulling off the school’s biggest come-from-behind victory in the history of the program with a 24-point comeback in the Iron Bowl against Alabama. Newton threw for 30 touchdowns, ran for another 20, won the Heisman, and led the Tigers to a national championship.


Cam Newton enthralled SEC football fans during his time at Auburn, pulling off the school's biggest come-from-behind victory in the history of the program with a 24-point comeback in the Iron Bowl against Alabama. Newton threw for 30 touchdowns, ran for another 20, won the Heisman, and led the Tigers to a national championship.play

Cam Newton enthralled SEC football fans during his time at Auburn, pulling off the school’s biggest come-from-behind victory in the history of the program with a 24-point comeback in the Iron Bowl against Alabama. Newton threw for 30 touchdowns, ran for another 20, won the Heisman, and led the Tigers to a national championship.

(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Newton was drafted with the first overall pick by the Carolina Panthers and is now the face of the franchise. He led the team to the Super Bowl in 2015, where they lost to the Denver Broncos.


Newton was drafted with the first overall pick by the Carolina Panthers and is now the face of the franchise. He led the team to the Super Bowl in 2015, where they lost to the Denver Broncos.play

Newton was drafted with the first overall pick by the Carolina Panthers and is now the face of the franchise. He led the team to the Super Bowl in 2015, where they lost to the Denver Broncos.

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In 2011, Robert Griffin III became the first Baylor Bear to win the Heisman, completing 72% of his passes and throwing for 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions.


In 2011, Robert Griffin III became the first Baylor Bear to win the Heisman, completing 72% of his passes and throwing for 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions.play

In 2011, Robert Griffin III became the first Baylor Bear to win the Heisman, completing 72% of his passes and throwing for 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

After getting drafted by Washington and playing one of the most thrilling rookie seasons in recent memory, RG3’s career was derailed by injury. He’s currently with the Baltimore Ravens, serving as a backup.


After getting drafted by Washington and playing one of the most thrilling rookie seasons in recent memory, RG3's career was derailed by injury. He's currently with the Baltimore Ravens, serving as a backup.play

After getting drafted by Washington and playing one of the most thrilling rookie seasons in recent memory, RG3’s career was derailed by injury. He’s currently with the Baltimore Ravens, serving as a backup.

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One of the flashiest players in college football history, Johnny Manziel took home the 2012 Heisman as a dual-threat quarterback for Texas A&M, throwing for 26 touchdowns and running for another 21 scores.


One of the flashiest players in college football history, Johnny Manziel took home the 2012 Heisman as a dual-threat quarterback for Texas A&M, throwing for 26 touchdowns and running for another 21 scores.play

One of the flashiest players in college football history, Johnny Manziel took home the 2012 Heisman as a dual-threat quarterback for Texas A&M, throwing for 26 touchdowns and running for another 21 scores.

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Manziel was drafted by the Browns and became one of many Cleveland prospects to crash out of the league. He is currently attempting a comeback in the CFL.


Manziel was drafted by the Browns and became one of many Cleveland prospects to crash out of the league. He is currently attempting a comeback in the CFL.play

Manziel was drafted by the Browns and became one of many Cleveland prospects to crash out of the league. He is currently attempting a comeback in the CFL.

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In 2013, Jameis Winston led Florida State to an undefeated season and a national championship win over Auburn. He won nearly 80% of the Heisman vote.


In 2013, Jameis Winston led Florida State to an undefeated season and a national championship win over Auburn. He won nearly 80% of the Heisman vote.play

In 2013, Jameis Winston led Florida State to an undefeated season and a national championship win over Auburn. He won nearly 80% of the Heisman vote.

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Winston has been with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since his college days, but will be absent when they start the 2018 season, serving a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.


Winston has been with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since his college days, but will be absent when they start the 2018 season, serving a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy.play

Winston has been with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since his college days, but will be absent when they start the 2018 season, serving a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.

(Butch Dill/AP)

Hawaii native Marcus Mariota took home the Heisman in 2014, and would lead Oregon to a win over Winston in the first ever college football playoff before falling to Ohio State in the title game.


Hawaii native Marcus Mariota took home the Heisman in 2014, and would lead Oregon to a win over Winston in the first ever college football playoff before falling to Ohio State in the title game.play

Hawaii native Marcus Mariota took home the Heisman in 2014, and would lead Oregon to a win over Winston in the first ever college football playoff before falling to Ohio State in the title game.

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Mariota was selected with the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, and last year led the team to the postseason for the first time in a decade.


Mariota was selected with the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, and last year led the team to the postseason for the first time in a decade.play

Mariota was selected with the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, and last year led the team to the postseason for the first time in a decade.

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Derrick Henry became the first non-quarterback to win the Heisman in seven years when he took the award in 2015, rushing for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns.


Derrick Henry became the first non-quarterback to win the Heisman in seven years when he took the award in 2015, rushing for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns.play

Derrick Henry became the first non-quarterback to win the Heisman in seven years when he took the award in 2015, rushing for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns.

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Henry is now teammates with fellow Heisman winner Mariota in Tennessee.


Henry is now teammates with fellow Heisman winner Mariota in Tennessee.play

Henry is now teammates with fellow Heisman winner Mariota in Tennessee.

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Louisville’s Lamar Jackson became yet another dual-threat quarterback to win the Heisman in 2016, throwing for 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns while leading the Cardinals prolific offense.


Louisville's Lamar Jackson became yet another dual-threat quarterback to win the Heisman in 2016, throwing for 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns while leading the Cardinals prolific offense.play

Louisville’s Lamar Jackson became yet another dual-threat quarterback to win the Heisman in 2016, throwing for 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns while leading the Cardinals prolific offense.

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He was taken with the final pick of the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, and looks like the possible heir-apparent to Joe Flacco’s job.


He was taken with the final pick of the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, and looks like the possible heir-apparent to Joe Flacco's job.play

He was taken with the final pick of the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, and looks like the possible heir-apparent to Joe Flacco’s job.

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Baker Mayfield was a lightning rod of attention through the 2017 college football season, with his fearless throws and sideline hijinks often creating headlines. After walking on to the Oklahoma team, Mayfield led the Sooners all the way to the national semifinal and won the Heisman.


Baker Mayfield was a lightning rod of attention through the 2017 college football season, with his fearless throws and sideline hijinks often creating headlines. After walking on to the Oklahoma team, Mayfield led the Sooners all the way to the national semifinal and won the Heisman.play

Baker Mayfield was a lightning rod of attention through the 2017 college football season, with his fearless throws and sideline hijinks often creating headlines. After walking on to the Oklahoma team, Mayfield led the Sooners all the way to the national semifinal and won the Heisman.

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Mayfield was selected as the first over pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he’ll likely start his career backing up Tyrod Taylor.


Mayfield was selected as the first over pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he'll likely start his career backing up Tyrod Taylor.play

Mayfield was selected as the first over pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he’ll likely start his career backing up Tyrod Taylor.

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Now check out which athletes have made more money than you’d think.


Now check out which athletes have made more money than you'd think.play

Now check out which athletes have made more money than you’d think.

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Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.

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However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
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Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.

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Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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