Clemson's C.J. Spiller Is Not Invited To New York

Jeffrey Fann@TalkinACCSportsAnalyst IDecember 8, 2009

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 05:  Running back C.J. Spiller #28 of the Clemson Tigers runs the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2009 ACC Football Championship game at Raymond James Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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C.J. Spiller is not going to win the Heisman Trophy. C.J. Spiller is not going to New York for the Heisman presentation either, and it isn't right. It's not right at all.

Tigernet.com reported today that C.J. Spiller gets to stay at home for the presentation .

The guys over at Tigernet cover it pretty well. He was the only player in the country to score a touchdown in every game this season. He is also career leader in the ACC in all-purpose running. He is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He can score running, receiving, returning kicks, and even throwing. He threw a touchdown against NC State earlier this year.

He singlehandedly ended Miami's run at an ACC Title when he dropped 310 all-purpose yards on the Hurricanes.

He almost led Clemson to its first ACC Champion since 1991 in a spectacular performance against Georgia Tech when he rushed for 233 yards and four touchdowns.

He was named the ACC's Player of the year for 2009. Clemson has elected to retire Spiller's jersey placing him among the greatest players ever to suit up for the Tigers.

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I'm not going to get into the legitimacy of the other invitees, Florida's Tim Tebow, Texas' Colt McCoy, Stanford's Toby Gehart, Alabama's Mark Ingram, or Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh. They are all great players; but you can't convince me that Spiller shouldn't be among them.

C.J. Spiller is not only a very good player, he is a great individual. Just last month he spoke in front of around 1,000 people at a church in Spartanburg, SC, and has been speaking to youth and church groups for some time now.

He let the NFL and its millions wait in order to try and lead Clemson to an ACC Title. He's been playing with a toe injury since the beginning of the year. He's a consummate team player, and incredible talent. He belongs in New York and should have been invited to the awards presentation.

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