Special Sub-Topic: History of the Heisman Trophy
|Which school did the first Heisman Trophy winner, Jay Berwanger, attend?|
Chicago. Jay Berwanger played for the Maroons of the University of Chicago, when he won the first ever Heisman Trophy in 1935. He beat out such greats as Monk Meyer of Army, William Shakespeare of Notre Dame, and Pepper Constable of Princeton. No players west of the Mississippi were eligible for the trophy during its inception year.
|Ernest Davis holds the distinction of being the first _____________ to win the Heisman Trophy.|
African-American. Ernie Davis of Syracuse was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. In 1961, he averaged 5.5 yards per carry and gained 823 total yards on the season. He signed to a contract with the Cleveland Browns, however, he was diagnosed with leukemia and never played professional football.
|Which school did the first two-time Heisman winner, Archie Griffin, attend?|
Ohio State. Archie Griffin played for Ohio State University when he won the Heisman Trophy in 1974 and 1975.
|Who was first Heisman winner to win the award during the same season his team won a National Championship? Hint: The school mascot is a reptile. |
Davey O'Brien, TCU. In 1938, Davey O'Brien, of TCU, became the first player to win the Heisman during the same season his team won the national championship. His TCU Horn Frogs went undefeated in 1938.
|Starting in 1935, during each season in the 20th century, the Heisman Trophy was presented by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York, Inc.|
True. The award was established in 1935, and has been presented by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York every year since its inception through the century. The organization occupied an entire 35-story building, and it created the award to show its devotion to sports by establishing an annual award for the nation's "Outstanding College Football Player."
|The Heisman Trophy is only for players from Division I schools.|
False. Contrary to popular belief, the Heisman Trophy is for the "Best college football player in the United States of America." College football players from all teams, regardless of school size, are eligible to win the Heisman Trophy, if they can get enough votes. Many small school players have won the Heisman Trophy. In 1951, Princeton's Richard Kazmaier won the award.
|Which team did John H. Heisman coach when they defeated Cumberland by a final score of 220-0? Hint: School mascot is an insect.|
Georgia Tech. One of John W. Heisman's most notable successes while at Georgia Tech, was his team's 25 straight game winning streak. The most historic game was when his Georgia Tech team set the national record for most points in a single game, by defeating Cumberland 220-0.
|The Downtown Athletic Club has the final voice in selecting the winner.|
False. To alleviate any potential for sectional favoritism, a point system was developed, allowing only regional representatives and past Heisman winners to cast votes for their top three candidates, in descending order, with the player earning the greatest number of points being selected as the winner. The Heisman Committee has absolutely no voice in the outcome of the vote.
|Which school was the first to have back-to-back Heisman winners? Hint: The school mascot is a Bulldog.|
Yale. Yale was the first school to have back-to-back winners of the Heisman Trophy. In 1936, Larry Kelly won, and in 1937, Clint Frank was selected as the winner of the Heisman Trophy.
|The movie, "Something for Joey," was a story based on the real life struggle of the little bother of which Heisman Trophy winner?|
John Cappelletti, Penn State. In 1973, John Cappelletti won the Heisman Trophy while playing at Penn State. The movie, "Something for Joey," was a true story based on his little brother's struggle with leukemia. The solemn speech John made during the Heisman Trophy presentation is considered one of the most famous in Heisman Trophy presentation history.
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