Heisman Re-examined...from a previous discussion. The reply turned post.
The discussion was about the general stereotyping of the Heisman and how we all have an opinion. Defending the Heisman Candidates is more so opinion than from selection criteria....since it seems no one really understands what it is or how it is determined. Much the same about the BCS in some ways...So I am just giving my point of view only.
The Heisman is usually awarded to a running back or a quarterback ; very few players have won the trophy playing at a different position. Two tight ends have won the trophy, Larry Kelley and Leon Hart .
Also, Desmond Howard and Tim Brown won as wide receivers. Charles Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to win the award, doing so as a defensive back and occasional wide receiver for University of Michigan in 1997.
No interior lineman on either side of the ball has ever won the award, although the offensive guard Tom Brown of Minnesota and the offensive tackle John Hicks of Ohio State placed second in 1960 and 1973, respectively, and the defensive end Hugh Green of the University of Pittsburgh finished second in 1980. Also, Kurt Burris, a center for the Oklahoma Sooners football team, was a runner-up for the award in 1954.
Remember in 1999 when Dayne beat out Michael Vick? There was a lot of wrong to make right. Not to say Dayne was not good...he simply was not the best. If memory serves me correct Vick placed third. Dayne, many say, won it because he broke the rushing record.
I agree that it seems that it is biased and one sided. Remember in 1999 who was totally overlooked? Shaun Alexander. That is a total mockery and in some books the Heisman became a popular vote and little more than a commercialized human. Propaganda and a money making name.
I wonder if the voters even know the criteria for the Heisman? What characteristics are they given along with the ballot? From my understanding the Heisman was given to mostly outstanding quarterbacks. I have never had a dog in that race and never had the need to really understand why it exists in the first place.
With the Alabama team this year having finalist among all top awards given I finally have that dog in many races. While I am human it insures two things. I have an opinion and I have the freedom to speak it.
But that right does give me the right to understand by virtue of stupidity. So, in lieu of that I did some research to educate myself on its history. What I found is that the official Heisman page does very little to explain the definition of the person who receives the trophy. But, I can tell you that it does not say it's an offensive player or better yet...just a quarterback trophy. I think many trophies have gone to the quarterback because usually they are the leaders, motivators of a high ranking team.
Wikipedia says ...The Heisman is usually awarded to a running back or a quarterback ; very few players have won the trophy playing at a different position. Two tight ends have won the trophy, Larry Kelley and Leon Hart . Also, Desmond Howard and Tim Brown won as wide receivers. Charles Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to win the award, doing so as a defensive back and occasional wide receiver for University of Michigan in 1997.
No interior lineman on either side of the ball has ever won the award, although the offensive guard Tom Brown of Minnesota and the offensive tackle John Hicks of Ohio State placed second in 1960 and 1973, respectively, and the defensive end Hugh Green of the University of Pittsburgh finished second in 1980.
Also, Kurt Burris, a center for the Oklahoma Sooners football team, was a runner-up for the award in 1954. but still no definitive statement to it's meaning. Is it fair to say that it is meaningless? Of course not, at least not to the ones who have that dog in the race.
In conclusion, I would like to say that based on this year there are significant flaws in its basis. It's existence merely depends on the last thing one see's. Not being able to see the whole picture makes me doubt even the voters have the intelligence of what the Heisman is about to make a unbiased fair choice.
When Mark Ingram (who is my pick..Roll Tide) had that down game against Auburn he was unofficially all but denounced. That night Colt McCoy had the single best game of the weekend and probably his career and all of a sudden the next week there was not a single mention that Ingram was in the running. He had lost the Heisman. But, oh, Colt Mccoy had ascended to the top only to land himself in the worst game of his career the next weekend.
Colt McCoy hurt himself by saying...it was the pressure. I cannot handle the pressure. Another thing we fail to look at. It is a huge adjustment to these kids to be ascended into a world of glorified piranha's if you will. What fed you the glory, ate you alive when you were down. There is no mercy.
But if one will look back on the Single game Mark Ingram had that drew into question his worthy right to the Heisman ...the Auburn game. Auburn said that no Alabama player was going to win the Heisman on their field. Their whole attack was about shutting down Mark Ingram. The Ironic side of that is that..."it cost them a win"...so who is laughing now.
Their whole man to man coverage was man to man Ingram and while it did shut down Ingram...they never thought about Richardson. One thing about it...for the first time in a while Bama has depth and can deal with those type of plays. But remember, Ingram was hurt with a hip point injury and it still took four men deep to stop his attack. Ingram told Saban for the team to play Richardson...that was the way they had to go. That is class, pure and simple. A leader, a team player, and someone who cares more about the game than self promulgation.
No one ever considered that his impact was still huge in the Auburn game. Auburn never had a plan where he was not the reason.
That brings about what I think the definition of a Heisman trophy winner is. A person who is the best college football player based on this. Excellence, Commitment, determination, perseverance, and most of all integrity.
A team player over a self player and the person who made the biggest difference for their team over the course of the whole season. Not one game should the mind remember...it's all and all alike. I don't agree with the notion it should be a team in the hunt for the national championship....but if you go back and take out Ingram's year with Bama....you would be amazed at the impact and games won because of him.
But then look at it like this...Bama would not have beat Tenn had Cody not blocked the football, Texas would not have beat Nebraska had they not pushed the rules in favor of Texas for the game winning field goal, and a boy named Suh would not be in the running. It takes more than a person to win a game, but one person can make a difference.
What may seem like effort based on one's ability only comes to light because of the people around him.
Funny thing is that all of you talk about Suh....and I had no idea who in the heck he was until last week. There was a song wrote about a boy named SUE one time. Although, spelled differently it still reminded me of the fight he has fought ...an old classic by Johnny Cash.
tell ya, I've fought tougher men
But I really can't remember when,
He kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodile.
I heard him laugh and then I heard him cuss,
He went for his gun and I pulled mine first,
He stood there lookin' at me and I saw him smile.
And he said: "Son, this world is rough
And if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough
And I knew I wouldn't be there to help ya along.
So I give ya that name and I said goodbye
I knew you'd have to get tough or die
And it's the name that helped to make you strong."
He said: "Now you just fought one hell of a fight
And I know you hate me, and you got the right
To kill me now, and I wouldn't blame you if you do.
But ya ought to thank me, before I die,
For the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye
Cause I'm the son-of-a-** that named you "Sue.'"
I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
And I called him my pa, and he called me his son,
And I came away with a different point of view.
And I think about him, now and then,
Every time I try and every time I win,
And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him
Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!
But I still remain in Support of Ingram because everything he did for himself came from what he did for the team first. Go Ingram....