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One Man’s Vote – Heisman Trophy Award 2012
Manti Te'O Gets Heisman Trophy Vote Here
Photo – LB Manti Te'O - Notre Dame
This year’s Heisman Trophy race may prove to be one of the closest voting processes in the prestigious history of the coveted award. The Heisman Trophy Award show will be presented on ESPN tonight.
The 2012 college football season saw the leaders for the award change almost weekly with the top two honorees, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’O and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel both surfacing to the top of the ballots with strong late season performances. Kansas St’s QB Collin Klein was a leading candidate off some very impressive early season efforts, but a few average late season performances has seen his star fall in the balloting.
Both leaders Manti Te’O and Johnny Manziel would be atypical of the award that has seen only one defensive player, Charles Woodson in 1997 and no freshman has ever won the award.
Te’O was a difference maker on the #1 and best team in the nation in Notre Dame. His presence spelled the difference in several close victories – Michigan, Purdue, Pittsburgh and Southern Cal. The Irish would be hard pressed to be better than 9-3 or 8-4 without the impact Mike man.
Manziel had an awesome redshirt freshman season. He lead an Aggie offense to new SEC records including his own total yardage record in his first season as a starter. In addition, he elevated the A&M club to a top 20 ranking, a total surprise especially competing in the SEC. His performance vs defending champion Alabama when he took the Aggie team into Tuscaloosa late this season and beat the Tide on their home turf may be the signature event that earns him the coveted Heisman.
Frank Coyle’s Heisman Vote
#1 LB Manti Te’O – Notre Dame
#2 QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M
#3 QB Collin Klein - Kansas St
The 2012 Winner will be announced live on ESPN tonight Saturday Dec.8th.
Following much anticipation, college football Hall of Famer and 1990 Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer announced the three finalists for this year's Heisman Trophy race tonight on ESPN's 6:00PM EST edition of SportsCenter. On behalf of The Heisman Trophy Trust, Detmer revealed the gridiron stars in contention for the prestigious 78th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Kansas State University quarterback Collin Klein, Texas A&M University quarterback Johnny Manziel, and University of Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o.
The three finalists will be invited to New York for the live Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 8, airing on ESPN at 8:00PM EST, presented by Nissan North America. Each finalist would be accomplishing a notable first as the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner: first from Kansas State, first freshman, or first true defensive player to ever be named the year's outstanding college football player.
Klein would be the first Kansas State Wildcat to win the Heisman Trophy. Klein passed for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 890 yards and 22 touchdowns. The senior holds the Football Bowl Subdivision record of the most rushing touchdowns in two seasons, totaling at 49 between 2011 and 2012. Klein ranks second in Kansas State history for scoring with 336 points and third in career yards with 7,028.
Manziel would be the first-ever freshman Heisman Trophy winner. Hailing from Texas A&M, the young quarterback passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns. Manziel is the first quarterback in SEC history, and only the fifth player ever in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in the same season. Upon surpassing 4,600 yards, he set a new SEC record for total yards in a season. Manziel holds a Texas A&M record of logging eight straight games with 300 or more total yards.
Te'o would be the first true defensive player to ever win the award, joining seven previous Notre Dame players as a Heisman Trophy winner. This season, Te'o helped lead the Fighting Irish to an undefeated season with 101 tackles, of which 46 were solo tackles to bring down his opponent; he ranks third in Notre Dame history for career tackles at 427. Te'o amassed a school-record of seven interceptions in his third-straight 100+ tackle season.
The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. An electorate comprised of 928 sports journalists and every living former Heisman winner determines the finalists and winner. Included in the electorate is one overall fan vote, an opportunity supported by Nissan North America, Heisman's Premier Partner.
"It has been an especially exciting race this year and we are excited to welcome the three finalists to New York for a remarkable weekend they will not soon forget," said Robert Whalen, Executive Director of The Heisman Trophy Trust. "The Heisman Memorial Trophy is college football's most esteemed award and its past winners make up of some of the world's most elite athletes. We're looking forward to honoring the newest winner this weekend."
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.
Robert Griffin Becomes First Baylor Player to Win Heisman Award
Photo - QB Robert Griffin - Baylor
Robert Griffin III took home the 2011 Heisman Trophy, completing an impressive year at Baylor. Griffin came on strong to end the season with several impressive performances. He beat out Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson in a close voting race. Andrew Luck finished second for the second straight year.
Griffin III picked up 1,678 points to take college football's top individual honor. Griffin carried five of the six regions, with Luck taking the Far West. Luck finished second in the voting with 1,407 points. Trent Richardson finished a distant third, and Montee Ball and Tyrann Mathieu finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Griffin had a surprisingly strong showing in the southeast that elevated him in the voting significantly.
Heisman Voting Breakdown
Robert Griffin III - 1,678 points, 405 first-place votes
Andrew Luck - 1,407 points, 247 first-place votes
Trent Richardson - 978 points, 138 first-place votes
Montee Ball - 348 points, 22 first-place votes
Tyrann Mathieu - 327 points, 34 first-place votes
Matt Barkley finished sixth, Case Keenum was seventh, Kellen Moore was eighth, Russell Wilson was ninth and Lamichael James was 10th.
Heisman Trophy All-time Winners
2011—Robert Griffin III, Baylor
2010—Cam Newton, Auburn, QB
2009—Mark Ingram, Alabama, RB
2008—Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, QB
2007—Tim Tebow, Florida, QB
2006—Troy Smith, Ohio State, QB
2005—Vacated (Reggie Bush, Southern Cal, RB )
2004—Matt Leinart, Southern Cal, QB
2003—Jason White, Oklahoma, QB
2002—Carson Palmer, Southern Cal, QB
2001—Eric Crouch, Nebraska, QB
2000—Chris Weinke, Florida St., QB
1999—Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, RB
1998—Ricky Williams, Texas, RB
1997—Charles Woodson, Michigan, CB
1996—Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB
1995—Eddie George, Ohio State, TB
1994—Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, RB
1993—Charlie Ward, Florida State, QB
1992—Gino Torretta, Miami, QB
1991—Desmond Howard, Michigan, WR
1990—Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, QB
1989—Andre Ware, Houston, QB
1988—Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, RB
1987—Tim Brown, Notre Dame, WR
1986—Vinny Testaverde, Miami, QB
1985—Bo Jackson, Auburn, TB
1984—Doug Flutie, Boston College, QB
1983—Mike Rozier, Nebraska, TB
1982—Herschel Walker, Georgia, HB
1981—Marcus Allen, Southern Cal, TB
1980—George Rogers, South Carolina, HB
1979—Charles White, Southern Cal, TB
1978—Billy Sims, Oklahoma, HB
1977—Earl Campbell, Texas, FB
1976—Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, HB
1975—Archie Griffin, Ohio State, HB
1974—Archie Griffin, Ohio State, HB
1973—John Cappelletti, Penn State, HB
1972—Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska, FL
1971—Pat Sullivan, Auburn, QB
1970—Jim Plunkett, Stanford, QB
1969—Steve Owens, Oklahoma, HB
1968—O.J. Simpson, Southern Cal, TB
1967—Gary Beban, UCLA, QB
1966—Steve Spurrier, Florida, QB
1965—Mike Garrett, Southern Cal, TB
1964—John Huarte, Notre Dame, QB
1963—Roger Staubach, Navy, QB
1962—Terry Baker, Oregon State, QB
1961—Ernie Davis, Syracuse, HB
1960—Joe Bellino, Navy, HB
1959—Billy Cannon, LSU, HB
1958—Pete Dawkins, Army, HB
1957—John David Crow, Texas A&M, HB
1956—Paul Hornung, Notre Dame, QB
1955—Howard Cassady, Ohio State, HB
1954—Alan Ameche, Wisconsin, FB
1953—John Lattner, Notre Dame, HB
1952—Billy Vessels, Oklahoma, HB
1951—Dick Kazmaier, Princeton, HB
1950—Vic Janowicz, Ohio State, HB
1949—Leon Hart, Notre Dame, E
1948—Doak Walker, SMU, HB
1947—John Lujack, Notre Dame, QB
1946—Glenn Davis, Army, HB
1945—Doc Blanchard, Army, HB
1944—Les Horvath, Ohio State, QB
1943—Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame, QB
1942—Frank Sinkwich, Georgia, HB
1941—Bruce Smith, Minnesota, HB
1940—Tom Harmon, Michigan, HB
1939—Nile Kinnick, Iowa, HB
1938—Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian, QB
1937—Clint Frank, Yale, HB
1936—Larry Kelley, Yale, E
1935—Jay Berwanger, Chicago, HB
Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards
Heisman Trophy Finalists
Photo – RB Montee Ball - Wisconsin
On behalf of the Heisman Trophy Trust, 1995 Heisman Trophy Winner Eddie George announced the finalists for the 77th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy on ESPN's SportsCenter.
The five finalists for this year's award are University of Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, Baylor University QB Robert Griffin III, Stanford University QB Andrew Luck, Louisiana St University cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, and University of Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
Frank Coyle is a long time voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years, He will publish this year's voting record this week to Email subscribers.
All five finalists will be invited to New York for the live Heisman Trophy announcement this Saturday, December 10, which will air on ESPN at 8pm EST presented by Nissan North America. For the fourth straight year, two Heisman finalists will face each other in the BCS National Championship Game as Tyrann Mathieu will go up against Trent Richardson on January 9, 2012.
Montee Ball is leading the nation with 1,759 rushing yards as well as 32 rushing touchdowns for Wisconsin. He holds second place all-time at UW with 60 career touchdowns and 54 career rushing touchdowns. He has the opportunity to join two other Badgers in this elite fraternity: Ron Dayne (1999) and Alan Ameche (1954).
Robert Griffin III has the opportunity to be the first player from Baylor to receive The Heisman Memorial Trophy. The junior quarterback is ranked second in the nation in total offense with 387 yards per game. This season he threw 36 touchdowns and passed for 3,998 yards. Griffin and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow are two of four players in major college history with at least 9,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing in a career.
Andrew Luck is looking to be the second Cardinal to take home The Heisman Trophy after Jim Plunkett won in 1970. The red-shirt junior passed for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns this season. Luck leads the Pac-12 in passing efficiency with 167.5 and broke Stanford's records for career touchdown passes and single-season touchdown passes. While leading the Cardinals to an 11-1 record, he rushed for 153 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.
Tyrann Mathieu is looking to be the second LSU Tiger to win The Heisman Memorial Trophy after Billy Cannon won in 1959. The sophomore had 71 tackles, 5 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions this year. He also gained 420 yards and 2 touchdowns in punt returns during LSU's 13-0 season. If Mathieu wins, he will be the second cornerback to be inducted into this group of outstanding college football players joining Charles
Trent Richardson rushed for 1,583 yards and had 20 touchdowns this season for Alabama. In nine of his twelve games, the running back rushed for over 100 yards for the 11-1 Crimson Tide. If awarded the Heisman, Richardson will only be the second player from Alabama to receive the trophy after 2009 winner, Mark Ingram, Jr.
"Prevailing out of one of the deepest and most highly contested fields in recent history, we would like to congratulate this year's Heisman finalists for their outstanding season," said Robert Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. "We look forward to December 10, when the winner is announced."
The Heisman Trophy is given to the most outstanding college football player in the United States. The voters include 870 media representatives from six regions across the country, every living Heisman winner, and one overall fan vote through a partnership with Nissan North America.
77th Annual Heisman Trophy Dinner Gala
A limited number of tickets are still available to the general public for the 2011 Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Monday, December 12. The winner of the 77th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy will be formally presented with his award at this event. ESPN broadcaster, Rece Davis, will host the dinner. This year, three previous Heisman winners will be recognized: Ernie Davis (posthumously) (Syracuse, 1961) on the fiftieth anniversary of his award, Vinny Testaverde (Miami, 1986) on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his award and Eric Crouch (Nebraska, 2001) on his tenth
anniversary. In addition, former University of Alabama and New York Jets defensive tackle Marty Lyons, will be honored as the recipient of the sixth annual Heisman Humanitarian Award for his work with The Marty Lyons Foundation.
About The Heisman Trophy Trust
The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player in the United States. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust ensures the continuation and integrity of this award. The Trust, furthermore, has the charitable mission to support amateur athletes and to provide greater opportunities to the youth of our country. Our goal through these charitable endeavors is for The Heisman Trophy to symbolize the fostering of a sense of community responsibility and service to our youth, especially those disadvantaged or afflicted.
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game.
Cam Newton Wins 76th Heisman Trophy Award
Photo - QB Cam Newton - Auburn
Cam Newton of Auburn University was selected as the 76th winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy as the Most Outstanding College Football Player in the United States for 2010.
N. Richard Kalikow, of the Heisman Trophy Trust, which annually presents the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, announced the selection of Newton on Saturday evening, December 11th, on a nationally televised ESPN sports special live from the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square.
The victory for the 6’6”, 250-pound Newton marks the third time a member of the Tigers has won the Heisman Trophy. He joins Pat Sullivan (1971) and Vincent “Bo” Jackson (1985). Newton is the 31st quarterback to receive the award.
Heisman Trophy Ballots –
Frank Coyle’s Vote for Heisman Trophy award
Official Ballot accepts only the Heisman voters top three selections in a point system.
#1 Cam Newton - QB - Auburn
#2 LaMichael James - RB - Oregon
#3 Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford
Heisman Trophy 2010 Official Finish
#1 Cam Newton - Auburn
#2 Andrew Luck - Stanford
#3 LaMichael James - Oregon
#4 Kellen Moore - Boise St
Newton, of College Park, GA, has completed 165 of his 246 passes this year, for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns while throwing only 6 interceptions. Additionally, he has rushed 242 times for 1,409 yards (5.8 yards per carry) with 20 rushing touchdowns while catching 2 passes for 42 yards and one additional touchdown. Both his passing and rushing touchdown totals are the best in Auburn school history and make him only the second player in FBS history to have 20 or more passing and rushing touchdowns in the same season. While leading the Tigers to an undefeated (13-0) regular season and a No.1 National ranking, Newton was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Additionally, Newton has led Auburn to a berth in the BCS Championship Game on January 10th against Oregon where he will face off against fellow Heisman finalist, LaMichael James.
Ballots were mailed to 870 media personnel across the nation plus 55 Heisman winners and one fan ballot, for a total of 926 electors. The ballots are received and tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Newton polled 2,263 points to capture the award over Andrew Luck of Stanford (1,079 points), LaMichael James of Oregon (916 points), and Kellen Moore of Boise State (635 points). The point total is reached by a system of three points for a first place vote, two for a second and one for a third.
Cam Newton will officially be honored at the 76th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Award Dinner on Monday evening, December 13th at the Marriot Marquis in New York.
Frank Coyle writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards
LaMichael James, Andrew Luck, Kellen Moore and Cam Newton Named Heisman Trophy Finalists
Photo - Kellen Moore - Boise St.
Winner will be Announced Live on ESPN on Saturday
The 1991 Heisman Trophy Winner Desmond Howard, on behalf of the Heisman Trophy Trust, announced this evening the finalists for the 76th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy on ESPN's 6pm EST edition of SportsCenter. The four finalists for this year's award are University of Oregon running back LaMichael James, Stanford University QB Andrew Luck, Boise State University QB Kellen Moore and Auburn University QB Cam Newton.
All four finalists will be invited to New York for the live Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 11, which will air on ESPN at 8pm EST presented by Nissan North America. For the third straight year, two finalists will face each other in the BCS National Championship Game as James will go up against Newton on January 10, 2011.
James is looking to take home Oregon's first Heisman Trophy award. The sophomore rushed for 1,682 yards, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. He finished the season with 21 rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. James leads the nation in average rushing yards per game with 152.9.
James broke the Pac-10 record for rushing yards by a sophomore and ranks second on Oregon's single-season rushing list, 40 yards away from equaling Jonathan Stewart's record. James holds the Oregon single-season record for most rushing touchdowns scored.
Luck would be Stanford's second Heisman winner. Jim Plunkett won the award in 1970. This season, Luck passed for 3,051 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also rushed for three touchdowns.
Luck holds the Stanford school record for single-season touchdown passes and total yards on offense (3,489). The junior is one of four quarterbacks in school history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a single season. Luck is also on pace to set single-season records for completion percentage and passing efficiency rating.
Moore is the first Boise State player to be named a Heisman finalist. Moore finished seventh in the 2009 Heisman Trophy voting. This season, Moore passed for 3,506 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Moore has broken school records for career completions (803), passing yards (10,528) and touchdowns (97). Moore is one of five active players with 10,000 passing yards and is the only junior on the list. Moore is also one of four Broncos to throw for at least 3,000 yards in a season, and is the only one to do so three times.
Newton attempts to become Auburn's third Heisman winner, following in the footsteps of Pat Sullivan (1971) and Bo Jackson (1985). This season, Newton passed for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,419 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Newton is the first SEC player to ever throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. He also became only the second player in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history to throw and run for 20-plus touchdowns in a single season, joining 2007 Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow.
The Heisman Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding college football player in the United States as determined by 870 media representatives from six regions across the country, every living Heisman winner and one overall fan vote through a partnership with Nissan North America, Heisman's presenting sponsor.
"This year's finalists have had an extraordinary year on the football field and we're excited to welcome them to New York for what should be an exciting and memorable weekend for each of the finalists," said Robert Whalen, Executive Director of The Heisman Trophy Trust. "The Heisman Fraternity is an elite group and it will be an honor to celebrate the newest member this weekend."
Frank Coyle is a longtime Member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards
Dunn Honored for Significant Charitable Contributions to Single-Parent Families
Photo - Warrick Dunn
The Heisman Trophy Trust announced this week that they have selected former Florida St University and NFL running back Warrick Dunn as the fifth recipient of the Heisman Humanitarian Award. The award will be formally presented to Dunn at the 76th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Dec. 13, 2010 in New York City.
Frank Coyle has been a Heisman Trophy voter the past 15 years. "Dunn is a perfect selection by the Heisman committee for this prestigious award. In an era of high priced players and countless social problems by athletes, Warrick Dunn is a shining example for the Heisman Humanitarian award. He was an outstanding athlete as both an amateur at Florida St and a professional running back in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Bucs. His ability to rise above his personal family tragedy has been one of the great stories in sports over the past two decades. His response to his life situation expressed a tremendous social and community spirit and consciousness that has been an excellent example for all," Coyle stated.
Warrick Dunn, will be honored as the 2010 Heisman Humanitarian Recipient at the 76th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on December 13th in New York. The Heisman Humanitarian Award was established in 2006 to recognize those in the world of sports that give significantly of themselves to serve their community and improve the lives of others. Dunn started the Homes for the Holidays program in 1997 during his rookie season in the NFL to honor his late mother's dream of home ownership. He then went on to establish the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation in 2002 which increases the programs and services offered to single-parent families. By the end of this year, Dunn will have assisted 100 single parents and their more than 265 children and dependents in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Tallahassee and Tampa with the American Dream - the purchase of their first home.
"Warrick Dunn's charitable contributions exemplify the Heisman spirit. It will be an honor to welcome him as the newest recipient of the Heisman Humanitarian Award at the 76th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner," said William J. Dockery, Heisman Trust President. "Dunn's experience growing up with a single mother has pushed him to improve the lives of other single parents, providing them with down payment assistance, new furniture and additional household necessities. He is making a difference in four cities he's called home, giving back to the communities that supported him growing up and during his college and professional playing days. Dunn continues to prove that hard work is rewarded both on and off the field and it is a privilege to present this award to him this year."
Dunn, the oldest of six children, experienced the struggles of life in a single-parent family in Baton Rouge. His mother, Betty Smothers, was a police officer who often worked security shifts to provide for her family. It was always her goal to experience the American Dream and become a homeowner. Before she could realize her dream, she was gunned down in an armed robbery during an off-duty shift, leaving 18-year-old Dunn to care for his five siblings. Dunn's dedication to charity was born as a result of the outpouring of support his family received from the community during this tragic time.
"I am honored to receive this award from the Heisman Trophy Trust and I believe it is a testament to the values instilled in me by my mother. Without her strength and determination as an example growing up, I would not have been able to achieve my goals in life and on the football field," said Dunn. "This award will help bring more attention to the work of the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation and for that, I am grateful."
As the recipient of the award, Dunn will receive a $50,000 donation from the Heisman Trophy Trust to the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation. He will also be receiving a plaque commemorating this honor.
Former Heisman Humanitarian winners include: Joey Cheek, Olympic speed skating gold medalist; George Martin, former defensive end of the New York Giants; Pat LaFontaine, former NHL star; and Mia Hamm, world-renowned soccer player. The 76th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner will take place at the New York Marriott Marquis on Monday, December 13, 2010. Tickets are available for purchase at www.heisman.com.
About the Heisman Trophy Trust
The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust ensures the continuation and integrity of this award. The Trust, furthermore, has a charitable mission to support amateur athletics and to provide greater opportunities to the youth of our country. Our goal through these charitable endeavors is for the Heisman Trophy to symbolize the fostering of a sense of community responsibility and service to our youth, especially those disadvantaged or afflicted.
About the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation
The Warrick Dunn Family Foundation was established in 2002 as a way to grow programs and services for single-parent families in the communities of Atlanta, Ga., Baton Rouge, La., Tallahassee and Tampa, Fla., all cities Dunn has called home. The WD-FF is dedicated to providing opportunities for economically disadvantaged single parents and children who have demonstrated a commitment to achieve financial independence and stability. For more information visit: www.wd-ff.org.