5 Closest Heisman Trophy Votes of All-Time

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5 Closest Heisman Trophy Votes of All-Time
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Alabama RB Mark Ingram

It's back to history class in anticipation of the upcoming presentation of the 2013 Heisman Trophy, as we take a look at some of the closest votes in the award's storied history.

Winning the bronze statue is akin to winning a college football MVP trophy, but tradition makes it so much more than that. Not to take anything away from college basketball, but how many James Naismith award-winners can you name?

Here's a guess that it probably isn't nearly as many as the number of Heisman Trophy winners you can rattle off. From Billy Cannon of LSU to Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State to Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel, winning the Heisman means having your name etched in sports history, and the conversation leading up to the presentation is part of what makes the whole thing so special.

You'll probably find preseason Heisman lists for 2014 the moment this season's national title game ends, and the conversation only grows louder as the season moves along. In the end, a select few players are invited to New York, where one walks away with the greatest individual award he's ever likely to win.

As with anything else in sports, the debate over who should have won or finished higher in the voting will rage on long after the the trophy is awarded, and the closest Heisman races are still talked about to this day.

Let's take a look at the five closest votes in the history of the Heisman Trophy.

 

All results can be found via Yahoo. All statistics via Heisman.com

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