Very few players have a Heismandment named after them, but 1989 Heisman winner Andre Ware accomplished that very feat. This story in the South Bend Tribune looks back at Ware’s Heisman season as he gets ready for enshrinement into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Down and distance mattered little during Ware’s magical 1989 season. He threw for an obscene 4,699 yards and 46 touchdowns as the Cougars rolled to a 9-2 record and No. 14 national ranking.
Unfortunately, Ware’s season ruined things for many of the quarterbacks who came after, as it became clear that his numbers were bogus, the product of a gimmicky system. Quarterbacks who have put up similar numbers since have pretty much been yawned at by the Heisman voters.
To this day, he is the main reason why a quarterback from a Texas Tech-like system will never again win the Heisman.