The Heisman Gets Defensive Minded, But It’s Not Enough

Posted by Jacob Stutsman on December-13-2009 Add Comments

The Heisman Trophy, with its outstretched hand and the kind of running posture that seems preconditioned to promulgate the myth of its own offensive man of action, is modeled after Ed Smith, a little known running back from New York University who happened to be the man of the moment in 1934 but has, through the arc of football history, no true significance.

This revelation might say more about the award than you think.

Most of the criticism rests in the provincial hands of the voters, who keep the award as the luxuriant claim of offensive talent, and not necessarily the players, whose achievements, just by virtue of the process, are usually great.

Consider the fact that two ends have ever won the award—Larry...

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