Why I Hate The Heisman Trophy
I gave up on the Heisman Trophy 10 years ago.
Remember the Heisman race of ’97?
Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf and Michigan cornerback/return specialist Charles Woodson.
Manning and Leaf were of course ridiculously deserving for the award given to the top college player in America.
But who won? Woodson!
Because he was the best player in the country?
Woodson was simply the most high profile player on a high profile team who played the game of his life against arch-rival Ohio State on national TV.
Woodson wasn’t even the best defensive player ever to be considered for the trophy. Brian Bosworth and Warren Sapp were far more dominating.
Since Woodson won this award the sports writers who vote have changed the essence of the trophy.
They no longer honor the best player in college football….they honor the most high profile player on a high profile team.
I loved that. I loved researching a guy no one had heard of. A guy who’s heroics on the field made journalists write about him and a player who made fans dig for info on why he was so good.
Never again will you see a small college player sitting in the front row of the famed Downtown Athletic Club in New York waiting for the names to be called.
If the Heisman Trophy went to the best player in college football then how could Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan not have won it last Year?
Brennan only threw threw for 5,549 yards, 58 touchdowns, and had the highest passer efficiency in America….and he finished 6th in the Heisman balloting!
Detmer won because back then the best player in the game was honored, not the most high profile palyer on a good team.
Best player in America? No.
Best player on his own team? No.
Good player on a team playing for a national title? Yep
If the best players in college football are to be considered for the Heisman Trophy then here’s a suggestion for all the idiots who vote and who’ve ruined this award.
Consider Tulane runningback Matt Forte and LSU defensive tackle Glen Dorsey.
Forte leads the nation in rushing. Going into the final game of the season Forte has gained 2007 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. Because Tulane has no serious passing game defenses line-up 8 and 9 guys in the box trying to stop him and he still runs wild.
Dorsey is the most dominating defensive player since Sapp.
As far as I’m concerned, the Heisman Trophy is a joke!
These 2 players won’t even be invited to NYC nor will they finish in the top 10 in voting.