On Saturday, we heard Brent Musberger warble in his inimitable style that Te’o's late-game interception against Oklahoma was a “Heisman moment.”
It’s something we hear quite a bit during a Heisman race. Some have even argued that every player needs one of these moments to win.
There’s no doubt that some plays stick out on a Heisman resume. We all remember Billy Cannon’s Halloween punt return, Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary (though it had no bearing on that year’s voting), Desmond Howard’s punt return and Robert Griffin III’s last-second strike to beat Oklahoma.
Those were true Heisman moments that will live on for the ages. In some cases, they helped that player capture the imagination of the Heisman electorate.
However, there are plenty of Heisman winners who never had a moment. Can you remember Jason White’s moment? How about moments by Matt Leinart, Tim Tebow, or Sam Bradford? When was Charles White’s moment? Herschel Walker’s? Andrew Ware’s??
There’s more than one way to win a Heisman, and sometimes it just happens due to a dominant but dull and drama-less season by a really good player.