Heisman Pic of the Day

How weak was the 1989 Heisman race? 

Well, you had Major Harris, who had a nice season (2,058 passing yards, 936 rushing yards), but for a team that went 8-2-1.  There was Tony Rice, who quarterbacked Notre Dame to No. 1 for most of the year (but who didn’t have impressive numbers due to his system).  There was Emmitt Smith, who had 1,599 rushing yards for a 7-4 team.   There was Anthony Thompson, who rushed for the most unspectacular 1,793 yards you’ll ever see on an Indiana team that went 5-6.  And finally there was Andre Ware, who threw for 4,699 yards and 46 touchdowns for a 9-2 Houston team that was on bowl probation.  He was the winner.

Here are all five of them on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1989:


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