Who Wants a Heisman Trophy, Anyway?

Dennis RightContributor IAugust 24, 2008

The Trophy began in 1935. John Heisman, an underrated player at 5'8" and 158 pounds, played offensive line. He attended college at Brown for two years and then transferred to Penn. After college, he became a coach at Oberlin College. He coached a couple other teams, but had an amazing 33-game winning streak at Georgia Tech.

The award was started by the Downtown Athletic Club in Manhattan. The key of the operation was to award college football's most outstanding player, the MVP of college football. The statue is 14" long, 13.5" high, and weighs 25 pounds, so you have to lift some weights to at least hold the trophy up.

These are just some notable things about the most prestigious trophy in college football, but it is really that great to claim? Let's look at some of the past trophy winners. What did they do after winning the trophy?

Some may not know players such as Jay Berwanger, the first winner of the award; he never played in the NFL because he decided to follow his dreams in sportswriting. Tom Harmon, the sixth winner of the award, decided to skip the NFL and go into acting. Felix "Doc" Blanchard, the 11th Heisman winner, played on defense, offense, and special teams. He had a great season, won the trophy, then chose his career with the Air Force was more important.

Maybe you don't know some of these. How about some of our lastest stars, like Ty Detmer? Not his fault he ended up backing Brett Farve and Steve Young. Hey, he holds many college records. Ron Dayne, Heisman running back for Wisconsin, holds the record for most rushing yards in a career. He helped the Giants and went to a Super Bowl blocking for Tiki Barber, but who gets that spotlight? You can ask any linemen that question.

What about Ricky Williams, or is he still trying to live free? Troy Smith looked good in his couple of preseason starts, and we could never forget about Jason White. I don't see how someone in Oklahoma could be so white! This kid couldn't get a tan and you think he played in the NFL? No! Or Chris Weinke, who, when drafted, was about the third-oldest player on the Carolina Panthers team. They went 1-15 that year. Last, but not least, Archie Griffin. Two-time winner himself. In seven NFL seasons, he rushed for 2,808 yards and seven touchdowns, and caught 192 passes for 1,607 yards and six touchdowns. Enough said.

But wait! Not all of them tripped in the NFL. Barry Sanders, Charles Woodson, and Eddie George had pretty good careers. I'm sure there are a couple others. Reggie Bush did well his first season. Not so great his second. Have to see what he does this year. And Tim Tebow has hope, as long as he doesn't get hurt in college. Even Superman has a weakness.

So, do you really want this trophy?