The Heisman Memorial Trophy (usually known colloquially as the Heisman
Trophy or The Heisman), is awarded annually to the most outstanding
player in college football in the
United States whose performance best
exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize
great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. It
is presented by the
Heisman Trophy Trust in early December before the
postseason bowl games.
The award was created by the
Downtown Athletic Club
Downtown Athletic Club in 1935 to
recognize "the most valuable college football player east of the
Mississippi." After the death in October 1936 of the Club's
athletic director, John Heisman, the award was named in his honor and
broadened to include players west of the Mississippi. Heisman
had been active in college athletics as a football player; a head
football, basketball, and baseball coach; and an athletic director. It
is the oldest of several overall awards in college football, including
the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and the AP Player of the Year.
The Heisman and the AP Player of the Year honor the most outstanding
player, while the Maxwell and the Walter Camp award recognizes the
best player, and the
Archie Griffin Award
Archie Griffin Award recognizes the most valuable
player. The most recent winner of the
Heisman Trophy is University of
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
1 Trophy design
3 Notable achievements
4 University success
5 Class and age
9 Television coverage
10 Controversy and politics
10.1 Regional bias controversy
10.2 Nullification of 2005 award
10.3 Elections involving notable controversy
12 See also
14 External links
The trophy itself, designed by sculptor Frank Eliscu, is modeled after
Ed Smith, a leading player in 1934 for the now-defunct New York
University football team. The trophy is made out of cast bronze, is
13.5 inches (34.3 cm) tall, 14 inches long, 16 inches in
width and 25 pounds (11.3 kg).
Eliscu had asked Smith, his former George Washington High School
classmate, to pose for a commissioned sculpture of a football player.
Smith did not realize until 1982 that the sculpture had become the
Heisman Trophy. The
Downtown Athletic Club
Downtown Athletic Club presented Smith with a
Heisman Trophy of his own in 1985.
From its inception in 1935, the statue was cast by Dieges & Clust
in New York (and later Providence, Rhode Island) until 1980, when
Dieges and Clust was sold to Herff Jones. For a time
until at least 2008, the statues were cast by Roman
Bronze Works in
Originally only players east of the Mississippi were eligible, but
since 1936 all football players in all divisions of college football
are eligible for the award, though winners usually represent Division
I Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
There are three categories of persons eligible to vote for the award
Sports journalists: Heisman.com states that sports journalists are to
be the determinants of the award since they are "informed, competent,
and impartial." There are 870 media voters: 145 voters from each of
Previous Heisman winners (and in cases where an underclassman wins the
award and remains in school to play, a prior winner may also be a
current candidate). According to Heisman.com there are currently 57
prior winners eligible to vote and, thus, 57 potential votes (a
prior winner is not required to vote and does not lose his voting
privileges by not voting).
Fans: As the Premier Partner of the Heisman Trophy, Nissan has a vote
and gives this to the fans. Fan voting done through a survey collected
ESPN on NissanHeismanHouse.com. This constitutes one Heisman vote.
Each voter identifies three selections, ranking them in order. Each
first-place selection is awarded three points. Each second-place
selection is awarded two points. Each third-place selection is awarded
one point. Voters must make three selections and cannot duplicate a
selection, else the ballot is invalid and none of the selections
count. This is a positional voting system.
The accounting firm
Deloitte is responsible for the tabulation of
votes, which has moved almost exclusively to online voting since
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Larry Kelley and
Clint Frank of Yale were the first teammates to win
the Heisman Trophy, in 1936 and 1937.
Nile Kinnick of Iowa was the only
Heisman Trophy winner (1939) to have
a stadium named after him. In 1972, the
University of Iowa
University of Iowa renamed its
football complex Kinnick Stadium. Kinnick is also the only winner to
die in military service of the United States; he went down piloting an
F4F Wildcat from the deck of USS Lexington (CV-16). His death in 1943
made him the first
Heisman Trophy winner to die.
Doc Blanchard was the first junior to win the
Heisman Trophy when he
led Army to the national title in 1945.
Paul Hornung was the only player to win the
Heisman Trophy as a player
for a losing team. He took the award at Notre Dame 1956, when the
Irish finished a dismal 2–8 on the year.
Ernie Davis was the first African American player to win the Heisman
Trophy. He attended Syracuse University was drafted first overall in
1962, yet never played a game in the NFL as he was diagnosed with
leukemia and died in 1963.
Terry Baker was the only player to win the
Heisman Trophy and play in
the Final Four in the NCAA Basketball Tournament in the same school
Archie Griffin of Ohio State is the only player to receive the award
twice, winning it as a junior in 1974 and a senior in 1975.
Steve Spurrier, the 1966 recipient as a Florida Gator, became the
Heisman Trophy winner to coach a winner in 1996 (Danny Wuerffel,
also of the University of Florida).
Charles Woodson of the University of Michigan is the only primarily
defensive player to win the award, beating out favorite Peyton
Manning, quarterback for the University of Tennessee, in 1997. He was
a standout cornerback, but also occasionally played as a wide receiver
and punt returner.
Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win the Heisman. He
also became the first major college quarterback to rush for 20
touchdowns and pass for 20 touchdowns in a season.
Johnny Manziel became the first redshirt freshman to win the
Lamar Jackson became the youngest player to win the Heisman,
at 19 years, 338 days old.
Baker Mayfield became the first walk-on player to win the
Ohio State and Notre Dame have the most number of Heisman trophies
won, each with seven; Ohio State and Oklahoma have had six different
players win the award.
The player who received the most votes (by percentage) was Reggie Bush
of USC in 2005, though his award has since been vacated. The
player who won by the widest margin was
Troy Smith of Ohio State in
2006. The closest margin of votes was in 2009 between winner Mark
Ingram of Alabama and
Toby Gerhart of Stanford.
Eleven of the
Heisman Trophy winners are in the Pro Football Hall of
Fame, and four winners have also been named Most Valuable
Player in a Super Bowl. Some winners have gone on to play in other
professional sports, including
Bo Jackson in baseball and Charlie Ward
Pete Dawkins and
Dick Kazmaier are the only winners not
to pursue a professional sports career: Dawkins had a career with the
United States Army where he achieved the rank of Brigadier General;
Kazmaier attended Harvard Business School, founded a consulting
company specializing in sports marketing, and chaired the President's
Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition during 1988–89.
In addition to personal statistics, team achievements play a heavy
role in the voting – a typical Heisman winner represents a team that
had an outstanding season and was most likely in contention for the
national championship or a major conference championship at some point
in that season. Although the University of Chicago abandoned Division
I football in 1939, and is now a Division III school, and Yale and
Princeton are now Division I FCS, all three schools were considered
major football programs at the time their players won the award.
The closest that a player outside the modern Division I FBS came to
winning the Heisman is third place; in both cases, the players
involved played for schools in what was at the time Division I-AA, now
Division I FCS. The first was Gordie Lockbaum from Holy Cross in 1987,
followed by Steve McNair, from Alcorn State in 1993. Armanti Edwards,
from Appalachian State University, was also briefly mentioned as a
candidate for the award following Appalachian's upset of No. 5-ranked
Michigan in 2007.
Besides Griffin winning consecutive Heismans at Ohio State, three
other programs had two different players win the
Heisman Trophy in
consecutive years: Yale (1936–37), Army (1945–46), and Southern
California (USC) (2004–05, though
Reggie Bush voluntarily forfeited
his 2005 award in September 2010 and sent the trophy back to the
Heisman Trust). With an earlier win in 2002, the USC program
actually had three different winners within four years.
Only three high schools have produced multiple Heisman trophy winners.
The first was Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas (Davey
O'Brien in 1938 and Tim Brown in 1987) (Woodrow remains the only
public high school to be so recognized). Thereafter, two private high
schools also achieved this distinction:
Fork Union Military Academy
Fork Union Military Academy in
Fork Union, Virginia
Fork Union, Virginia (
Vinny Testaverde as a Postgraduate in 1982, and
Eddie George in 1996) and Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana,
John Huarte in 1964 and
Matt Leinart in 2004).
Of the colleges where trophy namesake
John Heisman coached, only
Auburn University has produced Heisman winners, with Pat Sullivan in
Bo Jackson in 1985, and
Cam Newton in 2010.
Class and age
Until recently, most winners of the Heisman have been seniors.
Texas A&M quarterback
Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to
win the Heisman in 2012. The following year, at 19 years,
342 days old, Florida State quarterback
Jameis Winston became the
Heisman Trophy winner at that time as a freshman. Both,
however, were in their second year of college, having been redshirted
during their first year of attendance, meaning that no true freshman
has yet won the award. No sophomore won the Heisman in its first 72
years, at which point there were three consecutive sophomore winners
Tim Tebow in 2007, followed by
Sam Bradford and Mark Ingram Jr.
— with Lamar Jackson, who also surpassed Winston's record as the
youngest Heisman winner, becoming the fourth in 2016. Of the four
sophomores to have won the award, only Bradford had been redshirted;
the others all won during their second year of college attendance.
Only a few juniors have won the award, starting with the eleventh
winner in 1945, Doc Blanchard.
Five players have finished in the top three of the Heisman voting as
freshmen or sophomores before later winning the award: Angelo
Bertelli, Glenn Davis, Doc Blanchard, Doak Walker, and Herschel
Walker. Eight players have finished in the top three as freshmen or
sophomores but never won a Heisman: Clint Castleberry, Marshall Faulk,
Michael Vick, Rex Grossman, Larry Fitzgerald, Adrian Peterson, Deshaun
Watson, and Christian McCaffrey. Four players have specifically
finished second in consecutive years: Glenn Davis (second in 1944 and
1945, winner in 1946), Charlie Justice (second 1948 and 1949), Darren
McFadden (second 2006 and 2007), and
Andrew Luck (second 2010 and
The oldest and youngest Heisman winners ever both played for Atlantic
Coast Conference schools. The oldest, Chris Weinke, was 28 years old
when he won in 2000; he spent six years in minor league baseball
before enrolling at Florida State. The youngest winner is 2016
Lamar Jackson of Louisville at the age of 19 years,
338 days, four days younger than
Jameis Winston was when he won
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, kick returner, and occasional wide receiver for
Michigan in 1997. Legendary linebacker
Dick Butkus only placed sixth
in 1963 and third in 1964 and could qualify as an interior lineman, as
he played center on offense during these two-way player days. The
highest finish ever for any individual who played exclusively on
defense is second, by defensive end Hugh Green of Pittsburgh in 1980
Manti Te'o of Notre Dame in 2012. Although the Heisman
is named in honor of an interior lineman, no interior lineman on
either side of the ball has ever won the award. Offensive guard Tom
Brown of Minnesota and the offensive tackle John Hicks of Ohio State
placed second in 1960 and 1973, respectively. Rich Glover, a defensive
lineman from Nebraska, finished 3rd in the 1972 vote—which was won
by his Cornhusker teammate Johnny Rodgers. Washington's DT Steve
Emtman finished 4th in voting in 1991.
Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska
finished fourth in 2009 as a defensive tackle. Also, Kurt Burris, a
center for the
Oklahoma Sooners football
Oklahoma Sooners football team, was a runner-up for the
award in 1954 and
Orlando Pace finished fourth in 1996 as an offensive
tackle for Ohio State.
Because of damage to the Downtown Athletic Club's facilities following
9/11, the 2001 award ceremony was moved to the New York Marriott
Marquis in Times Square. After the DAC declared bankruptcy in 2002,
the Yale Club hosted the presentation at its facility in 2002 and
2003. The ceremony moved to the
Hilton New York
Hilton New York for 2004 and has been
presented annually at the PlayStation Theater, formerly known as the
Best Buy Theater and the Nokia Theatre Times Square, since
In 2017, the 83rd edition of the
Heisman Trophy presentation will
return to the Marquis Theatre.
The 2008 Heisman press conference was held at the Sports Museum of
America in New York. There was an entire gallery with the
museum-attraction dedicated to the Trophy, including the making of the
Trophy, the history of the DAC, and information on
John Heisman and
all the Trophy's winners. There was also a dedicated area celebrating
the most recent winner, and the opportunity for visitors to cast their
vote for next winner (with the top vote-winner receiving 1 official
vote on their behalf). The
Sports Museum of America
Sports Museum of America closed permanently
in February 2009.
The award was first presented in 1935 by the Downtown Athletic Club
(DAC) in New York City, a privately owned recreation facility located
on the lower west side near the later site of the former World Trade
Center. It was first known simply as the DAC Trophy. The first winner,
Jay Berwanger, was drafted by the
Philadelphia Eagles but declined to
sign for them. He never played professional football for any team. In
John Heisman died and the trophy was renamed in his honor.
Larry Kelley, the second winner of the award, was the first man to win
it as the "Heisman Trophy".
The first African American player to win the Heisman was Syracuse's
Ernie Davis, who never played a snap in the NFL. He was diagnosed with
leukemia shortly after winning the award and died in 1963. In 1966,
former Florida Gators quarterback
Steve Spurrier gave his Heisman
trophy to the university president, Dr. J. Wayne Reitz, so that the
award could be shared by Florida students and faculty. The gesture
caused Florida's student government to raise funds to purchase a
replacement trophy for Spurrier. Since then, the Downtown Athletic
Club has issued two trophies to winners, one to the individual and a
replica to his college.
Several Heisman trophies have been sold over the years. O. J.
Simpson's 1968 trophy was sold in February 1999 for $230,000 as part
of the settlement of the civil trial in the
O. J. Simpson
O. J. Simpson murder
case. Yale end
Larry Kelley sold his 1936 Heisman in December 1999
for $328,110 to settle his estate and to provide a bequest for his
family. Charles White's 1979 trophy first sold for $184,000 and
then for nearly $300,000 in December 2006 to help pay back federal
income taxes. The current record price for a Heisman belongs to the
trophy won by Minnesota halfback Bruce Smith in 1941 at $395,240.
Paul Hornung sold his Heisman for $250,000 to endow student
University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame students from his hometown
of Louisville, Kentucky. Eliscu's original plaster cast sold at
Sotheby's for $228,000 in December 2005.
The presentation of the Heisman trophy was not broadcast on television
until 1977. Before 1977, the presentation of the award was not
televised as a stand-alone special, but rather as a quick in-game
feature. The ceremony usually aired on ABC as a feature at halftime of
the last major national telecast (generally a rivalry game) of the
college football season. ABC essentially showed highlights since the
award was handed out as part of an annual weeknight dinner at the
Heisman Club. At the time, the event had usually been scheduled for
the week following the Army–Navy Game. The most
watched Heisman ceremony ever was in 2009 when Mark Ingram won over
Toby Gerhart and Colt McCoy.
On December 8, 1977,
CBS (who paid $200,000 for the rights) aired a
one-hour (at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time) special to celebrate the
presentation of the Heisman trophy to
Earl Campbell of the University
Elliott Gould and
O. J. Simpson
O. J. Simpson were the co-hosts, with
Connie Stevens and
Leslie Uggams providing musical entertainment and
Robert Klein providing some comic relief.
Since then, a number of companies have provided television coverage of
the event:
ABC (1981–1984) – owned-and-operated stations only
NBC (1985) – owned-and-operated stations only
Controversy and politics
Regional bias controversy
A number of critics have expressed concern about the unwritten rules
regarding player position and age, as noted above.
Over the years, there has been substantial criticism of a regional
bias, suggesting that the Heisman balloting process has ignored West
Coast players. At present, the
Pac-12 Conference (formerly Pac-10
and Pac-8) represents 12 of the 65 teams (roughly 18.5%) in the Power
Five conferences. The Heisman can be, and has been, presented to
players from other conferences, but a random sample over a long period
of time might suggest that Pac-10/12 players might win somewhere close
to 18% of the Heisman awards. In the 20 seasons between 1981
(Marcus Allen) and 2002 (Carson Palmer), not a single Pacific-10
Conference or other West Coast player won the Heisman Trophy. Three
Southern California (USC) players have won the trophy in the early
years of the 21st century and two won it subsequent to Palmer.
Although Terry Baker, quarterback from Oregon State, won the trophy in
Gary Beban from UCLA won in 1967, no non-USC player from the
West Coast had won between Stanford's
Jim Plunkett in 1970 and
Marcus Mariota in 2014. Other than Mariota's win, the closest
since Plunkett's wins have been Toby Gerhart, Andrew Luck, Christian
McCaffrey, and Bryce Love. All four were Stanford players who finished
second in the Heisman balloting each year from 2009 to 2011, 2015, and
The West Coast bias discussion usually centers on the idea that East
Coast voters see few West Coast games, because of television coverage
contracts, time zone differences, or cultural interest. At
Heisman-projection website StiffArmTrophy.com, commentator Kari
Chisholm claims that the Heisman balloting process itself is
"For Heisman voting purposes, the nation is divided into six
regions—each of which get 145 votes. Put another way, each region
gets exactly 16.67 percent of the votes. However, each region does not
constitute an even one-sixth of the population. Three regions (Far
West, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic) have larger populations than 16.67%
of the national population; and three have less (Northeast, South, and
Southwest). In fact, the Far West has the greatest population at 21.2%
of the country and the Northeast has the least at 11.9%."
Nullification of 2005 award
Reggie Bush § NCAA investigation and lawsuits
In 2010 University of Southern California athletic director Pat Haden
announced the university would return its replica of the 2005 Heisman
Trophy due to NCAA sanctions requiring the university to dissociate
itself from Reggie Bush. The NCAA found that Bush had received gifts
from an agent while at USC. On September 14, 2010, Bush voluntarily
forfeited his title as a Heisman winner. The next day, the Heisman
Trust announced the 2005 award would remain vacated and removed all
mention of the 2005 award from its official website. Bush
eventually returned the trophy itself to the Heisman Trust in
Critical responses from the national media were strident and varied.
CBSSports.com producer J. Darin Darst opined that Bush "should never
have been pressured to return the award." Kalani Simpson of Fox Sports
wrote, "Nice try Heisman Trust...It's a slick move to try to wipe the
slate clean." Former Football Writers Association of America president
Dennis Dodd, on the other hand, decided to fictitiously award Bush's
vacated 2005 award to Vince Young, the original runner-up that year.
He wrote, "Since the Heisman folks won't re-vote, we did. Vince Young
is the new winner of the 2005 Heisman." A
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times piece
argued that Bush's Heisman was "tainted" but lamented that the
decision came five years after Bush was awarded the trophy and,
therefore, four years after the expiration of Bush's term as current
holder of the Heisman title.
Elections involving notable controversy
Florida State quarterback
Jameis Winston won the 2013 Heisman Trophy
amidst a sexual assault investigation.
Cam Newton won the 2010
Heisman Trophy amidst an
NCAA eligibility inquiry.
Despite his team's beating the Bruins during the hours before the
ceremony, USC's O.J. Simpson lost the 1967 trophy to UCLA quarterback
Gary Beban; Simpson did win the trophy the next year.
Main article: List of
Heisman Trophy winners
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Heisman Trophy winners
1941: B. Smith
1946: G. Davis
1948: D. Walker
1961: E. Davis
1979: C. White
1982: H. Walker
1985: B. Jackson
2003: J. White
2005: vacated *
2006: T. Smith
2009: Ingram Jr.
2011: Griffin III
2016: L. Jackson
*Note: The 2005
Heisman Trophy was originally awarded to Reggie Bush,
but Bush forfeited the award in 2010. The Heisman Trust subsequently
decided to leave the 2005 award vacated.
College football awards
Heisman Memorial Trophy (winners) (Most outstanding)
Maxwell Award (Player of the year)
Walter Camp Award (Player of the year)
Archie Griffin Award
Archie Griffin Award (Most valuable)
Chic Harley Award
Chic Harley Award (Best player)
Overall media awards
AP Player of the Year (1998)
Sporting News Player of the Year (1942)
Defunct: UPI Player of the Year
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Defensive player)
Chuck Bednarik Award (Defensive player)
Rimington Trophy (Center)
Davey O'Brien Award (Quarterback)
Butkus Award (Linebacker)
Doak Walker Award (Running back)
Fred Biletnikoff Award (receiver)
Jim Thorpe Award (Defensive back)
John Mackey Award (Tight end)
Lombardi Award (Lineman/linebacker)
Lott Trophy (Defensive player)
Lou Groza Award
Lou Groza Award (Placekicker)
Manning Award (Quarterback)
Outland Trophy (Interior lineman)
Ray Guy Award (Punter)
Ted Hendricks Award (Defensive end)
Jet Award (Return specialist)
Jacobs Blocking Trophy
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Other national player awards
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Paul Hornung Award (Most versatile)
College Football All-America Team
College Football All-America Team (Unanimous All-Americans)
Head coaching awards
AFCA Coach of the Year Award (1935)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award (1957)
Sporting News Coach of the Year (1963)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1967)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (1976)
Woody Hayes Trophy (1977)
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George Munger Award (1989)
Home Depot Coach of the Year (1994)
AP Coach of the Year (1998)
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2006)
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Defunct: Big East awards
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Rawlings Award (NAIA)
Melberger Award (Div. III)
and versatility awards
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Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award
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Wuerffel Trophy (Humanitarian-athlete)
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (Student-athlete)
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Walter Camp Man of the Year
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National Football Foundation Gold Medal Winners
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Conerly Trophy (Mississippi)
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