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“I didn’t get the chance to know Coach Heisman, but having an opportunity to win the award has allowed me to learn about him. Probably the first thing you learn about is his integrity and the way he conducted his life. I have been impressed with the men who have won this award and hope that I live up to the name Heisman as they do. It has been an honor to be a part of an award that stands for integrity and excellence!” (—Ty Detmer, Brigham Young University Heisman winner, 1990)
“My greatest honor has been to win the single greatest award in all of amateur sports—the Heisman Trophy. This trophy is named for one of the best college football coaches ever to pace the sidelines, John W. Heisman. As I am one of the few Heisman winners to become a coach, I consider it a huge privilege to represent the coaching profession and the Heisman Trophy.”
(—Coach Steve Spurrier, University of Florida Heisman winner, 1966)
“I am honored to be the recipient of the 1969 Heisman Trophy, which is named after a true coaching legend. John Heisman was dedicated to the game of football and the athletes who played it with passion and integrity. He was a man of excellence, principles, and sportsmanship. This book is a tribute to his enduring legacy.”
(—Steve Owens, University of Oklahoma Heisman winner, 1969)
“In this book we finally find out the history of John Heisman and why the most prestigious trophy in America is named in his honor.”
(—Archie Griffin, Ohio State University Heisman winner, 1974 and 1975)
“Winning the Heisman Trophy was one of the most memorable events of my life. And to this day the December announcement of the winner captures the attention of the entire nation. Since 1935 the Heisman Trophy has been awarded to the most outstanding college football player in the country. Most people easily identify with the name Heisman because of the award but don’t know much about the history of the man it was named after. This book tells the story of the incredible life and accomplishments of the man and the coach John W. Heisman.”
(—John Cappelletti, Pennsylvani a State University Heisman winner, 1973)
“When I won the Heisman Trophy in 1959, I didn’t know anything about John Heisman or the Heisman Trophy. I knew Heisman was involved with the Downtown Athletic Club of New York at one point in his career and had been an accomplished and successful college football coach. If it’s not the most important trophy in sports, it has become the most recognized trophy over time. When you’re playing football, you’re playing for the moment. To be recognized as the most outstanding player of an era was a wonderful experience. Looking back fifty years later, it was a wonderful experience to be recognized for your efforts and your team’s efforts. I can’t wait to learn more about John Heisman.”
(—Billy Cannon, Louisiana State University Heisman winner, 1959)
“To be a member of the most prestigious fraternity in sports is a supreme honor. As a new name is added to the trophy each year, winning the Heisman becomes more important to each past winner. All of us are grateful to John W. Heisman; this book outlines the remarkable history of the man and the trophy that carries his name.”
(—Joe Bellino, United States Naval Academy Heisman winner, 1960)
“I was born in the same year as the first award of the Heisman Memorial Trophy. Within that year, our first athletic director, John W. Heisman, passed away. In my position as athletic director at the Downtown Athletic Club, we annually met with and honored our nation’s best college football players. In 1971, I was fortunate to meet Coach Heisman’s family, William L. Heisman and his son, John, and became keenly aware of the great man’s reputation and some of his influential history. I am glad that Coach Heisman’s life story is now being told and I’m glad for the Heisman family that tells it.” (—Rudy Risk a, Executive Director Emeritus of the Heisman Memorial Trophy and coauthor of 40 Years at the Home of the Heisman)
“Leon never put a monetary value on the Heisman Trophy. He never felt comfortable trying to capitalize on receiving it. To him, that trophy represented the hard work of his teammates and his coaches. He felt there were a dozen guys on his 1949 team who were befitting of the honor. To him, the trophy stood for character,
perseverance, and integrity, and it marked him for the rest of his life. He felt an obligation and a reverence to the tradition of the Heisman. To never disgrace what it stood for. To bring honor to those who came before him and to those who would come after him. He lived his life with that heavy responsibility and he instilled those values in his children and grandchildren.” (—Kevin Hart, on behalf of Leon Hart, University of Notre Dame Heisman winner, 1949) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Mark Schlabach, a University of Georgia graduate, is coauthor of the 2010 New York Times bestselling book Called to Coach: Reflections on Life, Faith, and Football. He is one of the most respected and popular college football columnists in the country. Schlabach has covered the sport for more than fifteen years, first as a full-time staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Washington Post and currently as a national columnist for ESPN.com. He regularly appears on several ESPN television programs. Schlabach is also a permanent host of the popular Talkin’ Football on Comcast Sports Southeast. Schlabach and his wife, Heather, live in Madison, Georgia, with their three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
Now we have a better idea of why those were the good old days-- as important as the sweeping changes he brought to the playing field were the moral virtues Coach Heisman instilled in his players.
An eye-opening must-read.
If Heisman had not gone to school in Titusville not being a true football fan I doubt if I would have read this book. I'm glad I did. He was a remarkable man.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was great to learn about one of the most influential, and unfortunately often forgotten names in coaching history.Published 6 months ago by Chris Kennard
I watched a show on TV about John Heisman and thought my dad would really enjoy this book. He actually read half of the book the first night and said it was very goodPublished on January 24, 2014 by Krista L. Mowrey
The story of Coach Heisman - the man behind the trophy. This is a great gift for the young man in your family interested in football!Published on October 15, 2013 by D. Strub