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Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Heisman Trophy: Has It lost Its Prestige?


     Throughout the history of college football the Heisman Trophy has been awarded
annually to the player deemed the most outstanding player in college football. From the very first Heisman Winner Jay Berwanger to the newest  Johnny Manziel. It seems now the Heisman is more or less used to commericalize college football rather than represent the best player.

     Throughout the years the Heisman Trophy was a representation of the best college football player in the nation. But now, it seems as if the Heisman Award is used more as a publicity or commercialized feature if anything. Do not get me wrong, I am not taking anything away from the accomplishments that these football players have achieved. I'm simply questioning the prestige of the Heisman Trophy Award. For example you have  other awards such as the 'Maxwell Award', 'Sporting News College Football Player of the Year', and the 'Walter Camp Player Award'  that are essentially just as significant as the Heisman. At least in terms of what they are a representation of. (Going to the best college football player deemed by a certain group or organization of people)

     Now granted, all of these awards have been around almost as long as the Heisman. But if the Heisman is not the only award that is awarded to the 'best college football player', then aren't these awards just as illustrious as the Heisman? If they aren't, then why even have them? Look at it this way, just like the Heisman Award, bowl games are now used for commercialization and advertisements to sponsor big named organizations (i.e. Chik-fila-A Bowl, Discover Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl ,etc). Unfortunately it seems now that is what has become of the once seemingly most important award in all of college football as well.


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  2. Oh, quit your bickering....The best and most outstanding player DID win it, this time. You don't believe me? Just compare the stats. Oh, A&M had a cup cake schedule? What about ND's cup cake schedule? I seriously don't see ND beating Alabama. And Manti played 99 percent of the defensive plays, too. They even said it during the Heisman show. Meanwhile, Johnny was taken out in many games, because A&M had a big lead. If they wanted to, Johnny could have had 6,000 yards. And just look at all the polls on who people thought should win it. 99 percent of the polls favored Johnny, and they favored Johnny by large margin. Now, think about this....Do you seriously think that most people on these straw polls voted for Johnny because they thought he was popular?? If you do, really?? Everyone knows ND, and hardly anyone knows about Texas A&M. ND is like the "America's Team" of college football! So, how do you explain that? Oh, and Manti is not even the best linebacker in the country! Hell, he wouldn't even be the best one in the SEC conference. He's great, don't get me wrong, but there are many great linebackers, this year. The reason why Manti was in it is because he's from ND...and he has a sad story....Think about this. No one wants Mother Teresa (Manti) to win the Heisman, they want the most outstanding college player to win it! And for this year, it's Johnny football.

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    1. I was not arguing whether or not Johnny Manziel should have won. He's very deserving of that. But you completely missed the point on this article. I was simply saying that the Heisman Trophy does not seem to have any more credibility than all of the other awards for the best college football player of the year. It just because of the fact it's the award that always got the most exposure and I feel it's used as an advertisement for College Football and not so much just for the best college football player in the nation.

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    2. I actually think it got some of its credibility back these last two years. The Heisman is finally being awarded to those who are the best players, not "the best player on the best team," as it has been so many times in the past.

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    3. I hear what you're saying. But I would tend to think the best player in the nation would be able to lead his team to a decent record. But one man can't do all of the work and win the game on his own.

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  3. Good points. It seems the Heisman Award has become more of a "publicity stunt" more than anything.

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  4. Blame ESPN and Nissan for their hyping and promoting the Heisman campaign. That's how it is now in advertising. And as soon as you use the phrases "with all due respect..." and "don't get me wrong..." you loose credibility as a writer and become just a whiner.

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    1. Obviously I have some credibility since I struck a nerve with you that you decided to leave a comment.

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    2. With all of that said, I see what you're saying. Thank you for the advice.

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