Tyler Texas, noted as the “Rose Capital of the World” will soon have a new distinction; birthplace of two Heisman winners. 1977 Heisman winner Earl Campbell was born in Tyler on March 29, 1955 and would play at John Tyler High School and later at University of Texas. Future Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was also born in the city, 20 years ago yesterday, but moved to Kerrville Texas.
Tyler has a rich football tradition and has produced over 15 NFL athletes and nearly as many professional baseball players.
With a Manziel win on Saturday, the state of Texas will tie Pennsylvania for third on the list of home states of Heisman winners with seven.