Heisman Trophy

Heisman Trophy: Why Our Heisman Voter Cast Her Ballot for Johnny Manziel

Nov 3, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of the Heisman Trophy before the NCAA football game between the Oregon Ducks and the Southern California Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
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Lisa HornePac-12 and Big 12 Lead WriterDecember 8, 2012

I voted Johnny Manziel No. 1 on my Heisman ballot.

Although it certainly isn't required for any Heisman voter to publicly release his or her vote, I constantly get asked who I voted for and why. I am honored and privileged to have a vote for various awards including the Heisman, the most prestigious award in college football. 

Over the past few years so many poll rankings have perplexed fans of college football, because at times they make no sense—the coaches' poll only releases how each coach voted in the the final week's rankings, and more often than not, that release has raised questions over certain coaches' abilities to be fair and objective when casting their final votes.  

Why not have a voter share some quick thoughts on how and why she arrived at her final decision to cast the No. 1 vote for the Heisman? 

This season was a roller-coaster of a ride for Heisman voters because of the tremendous achievements of so many student-athletes. The finalists—Collin Klein, Johnny Manziel and Manti Te'o—all deserve the award. 

Let me repeat that.

Collin Klein, Johnny Manziel and Manti Te'o all deserve the Heisman. So do Marqise Lee, Braxton Miller and Kenjon Barner

So how, as a voter, do you declare which outstanding college football player, among six outstanding college football players, deserves the award? 

At one point—out of frustration—I was tempted to flip a coin, but that would be such a cheap way to determine who would get that No. 1 spot. They deserved better because, in my mind, they all were No. 1, and I hated being forced to pick between the three.

Sometimes, life isn't fair.

Strike that. Most of the time life isn't fair.

Unfortunately, you have to make hard choices, and in this particular situation, having to choose one out of three guys to be your No. 1 selection is similar to being forced to pick between a Maserati, Bugatti or Lamborghini.

Aren't all three of those Italian car manufacturers awesome? I love all of them. 

I guess Johnny Manziel is my Lamborghini, but I certainly wouldn't mind a Bugatti or Maserati. 

Manziel stood out to me the most. When you have that many touches on the ball, all eyes are on you when the offense is on the field. What Manziel did when he had the ball was simply ridiculous, especially the way he would weave his way through opposing defenses instead of sprinting toward the safety of the sidelines.  

Johnny Football made the 2012 college football season so memorable for me. He made defenses look silly—not any defenses, mind you, but SEC defenses. 

More than anything else, every time he touched the ball my heart skipped a beat—that's Heisman stuff right there.  

When the 2012 Heisman winner is announced on Saturday night, I will be thrilled for that student-athlete becoming a permanent member of a very special fraternity. 

Well done, sir.

As far as the other two finalists, I'll also be sharing in their disappointment. They deserved the 2012 Heisman too, and they lost simply because only one guy can win.

Life isn't fair. 

In any case, to all three of the Heisman finalists, I have two final words for you.

Thank you. 

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