Check out this great feature by ESPN.com celebrating 75 years of the Heisman Trophy.
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Said Pete Dawkins, the 1958 Heisman winner and a Rhodes Scholar: “I once had a person say to me, ‘How many Academy Awards are given in a year?
“‘How many Rhodes Scholars are there in a year?
“‘How many Nobel Prizes?
“‘And how many Heisman Trophies?’ Just one.”
Only the winners understand the hold the trophy has on the American public.
“Before you’re introduced as a Super Bowl winner, or for playing 15 years in the NFL, or MVP of the Super Bowl,” Jim Plunkett said, “it’s always ‘Heisman Trophy winner’ that comes out of somebody’s mouth.”