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Heisman


History

The idea of awarding college football's outstanding player was conceived by the Downtown Athletic Club, formerly of south Manhattan. The first presentation was made following the conclusion of the 1935 season.

Frank Eliscu was picked to create the trophy, which the DAC wanted to be a statue of an athlete as a opposed to a cup-style trophy. He selected Ed Smith as his model. A replica was then sent to Jim Crowley, one of the legendary Four Horsemen of Notre Dame and then-head football coach at Fordham, for inspection. After he and his players gave it their approval, it was converted into a plaster cast.

The cast was then presented at a dinner at the McAlpin Hotel on November 16 to Coach Elmer Layden and the 1935 Notre Dame team for a final inspection before the finished product was finally cast in its statuary bronze form. The team gave its approval, and the trophy was completed.

The statue is 14 inches long, 13.5 inches high, and weighs 25 pounds.

The first award, originally named the DAC Trophy, was given to Jay Berwanger on December 9, 1935. It was renamed the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 1936 as a tribute to John W. Heisman, who died that same year.


Past Winners

Year Winner School Runner-Up School Voting
1935 Jay Berwanger Chicago Monk Meyer Army Full Voting Results
1936 Larry Kelley Yale Sam Francis Nebraska Full Voting Results
1937 Clint Frank Yale Byron White Colorado Full Voting Results
1938 Davey O'Brien TCU Marshall Goldberg Pittsburgh Full Voting Results
1939 Nile Kinnick Iowa Tom Harmon Michigan Full Voting Results
1940 Tom Harmon Michigan John Kimbrough Texas A&M Full Voting Results
1941 Bruce Smith Minnesota Angelo Bertelli Notre Dame Full Voting Results
1942 Frank Sinkwich Georgia Paul Governali Columbia Full Voting Results
1943 Angelo Bertelli Notre Dame Bob Odell Pennsylvania Full Voting Results
1944 Les Horvath Ohio State Glenn Davis Army Full Voting Results
1945 Felix "Doc" Blanchard Army Glenn Davis Army Full Voting Results
1946 Glenn Davis Army Charley Trippi Georgia Full Voting Results
1947 Johnny Lujack Notre Dame Bob Chappius Michigan Full Voting Results
1948 Doak Walker SMU Charlie Justice North Carolina Full Voting Results
1949 Leon Hart Notre Dame Charlie Justice North Carolina Full Voting Results
1950 Vic Janowicz Ohio State Kyle Rote SMU Full Voting Results
1951 Richard Kazmaier Princeton Hank Lauricella Tennessee Full Voting Results
1952 Billy Vessels Oklahoma Jack Scarbath Maryland Full Voting Results
1953 Johnny Lattner Notre Dame Paul Giel Minnesota Full Voting Results
1954 Alan Ameche Wisconsin Kurt Burris Oklahoma Full Voting Results
1955 Howard Cassady Ohio State Jim Swink TCU Full Voting Results
1956 Paul Hornung Notre Dame John Majors Tennessee Full Voting Results
1957 John David Crow Texas A&M Alex Karras Iowa Full Voting Results
1958 Peter Dawkins Army Randy Duncan Iowa Full Voting Results
1959 Billy Cannon LSU Richie Lucas Penn State Full Voting Results
1960 Joe Bellino Navy Tom Brown Minnesota Full Voting Results
1961 Ernie Davis Syracuse Bob Ferguson Ohio State Full Voting Results
1962 Terry Baker Oregon State Jerry Stovall LSU Full Voting Results
1963 Roger Staubach Navy Billy Lothridge Georgia Tech Full Voting Results
1964 John Huarte Notre Dame Jerry Rhome Tulsa Full Voting Results
1965 Mike Garrett USC Howard Twilley Tulsa Full Voting Results
1966 Steve Spurrier Florida Bob Griese Purdue Full Voting Results
1967 Gary Beban UCLA O.J. Simpson USC Full Voting Results
1968 O.J. Simpson USC Leroy Keyes Purdue Full Voting Results
1969 Steve Owens Oklahoma Mike Phipps Purdue Full Voting Results
1970 Jim Plunkett Stanford Joe Theismann Notre Dame Full Voting Results
1971 Pat Sullivan Auburn Ed Marinaro Cornell Full Voting Results
1972 Johnny Rodgers Nebraska Greg Pruitt Oklahoma Full Voting Results
1973 John Cappelletti Penn State John Hicks Ohio State Full Voting Results
1974 Archie Griffin Ohio State Anthony Davis USC Full Voting Results
1975 Archie Griffin Ohio State Chuck Muncie California Full Voting Results
1976 Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh Ricky Bell USC Full Voting Results
1977 Earl Campbell Texas Terry Miller Oklahoma State Full Voting Results
1978 Billy Sims Oklahoma Chuck Fusina Penn State Full Voting Results
1979 Charles White USC Billy Sims Oklahoma Full Voting Results
1980 George Rogers South Carolina Hugh Green Pittsburgh Full Voting Results
1981 Marcus Allen USC Herschel Walker Georgia Full Voting Results
1982 Herschel Walker Georgia John Elway Stanford Full Voting Results
1983 Mike Rozier Nebraska Steve Young BYU Full Voting Results
1984 Doug Flutie Boston College Keith Byars Ohio State Full Voting Results
1985 Bo Jackson Auburn Chuck Long Iowa Full Voting Results
1986 Vinny Testaverde Miami (FL) Paul Palmer Temple Full Voting Results
1987 Tim Brown Notre Dame Don McPherson Syracuse Full Voting Results
1988 Barry Sanders Oklahoma State Rodney Peete USC Full Voting Results
1989 Andre Ware Houston Anthony Thompson Indiana Full Voting Results
1990 Ty Detmer BYU Raghib Ismail Notre Dame Full Voting Results
1991 Desmond Howard Michigan Casey Weldon Florida State Full Voting Results
1992 Gino Torretta Miami (FL) Marshall Faulk San Diego State Full Voting Results
1993 Charlie Ward Florida State Heath Shuler Tennessee Full Voting Results
1994 Rashaan Salaam Colorado Ki-Jana Carter Penn State Full Voting Results
1995 Eddie George Ohio State Tommie Frazier Nebraska Full Voting Results
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida Troy Davis Iowa State Full Voting Results
1997 Charles Woodson Michigan Peyton Manning Tennessee Full Voting Results
1998 Ricky Williams Texas Michael Bishop Kansas State Full Voting Results
1999 Ron Dayne Wisconsin Joe Hamilton Georgia Tech Full Voting Results
2000 Chris Weinke Florida State Josh Heupel Oklahoma Full Voting Results
2001 Eric Crouch Nebraska Rex Grossman Florida Full Voting Results
2002 Carson Palmer USC Brad Banks Iowa Full Voting Results
2003 Jason White Oklahoma Larry Fitzgerald Pittsburgh Full Voting Results
2004 Matt Leinart USC Adrian Peterson Oklahoma Full Voting Results
2005 Reggie Bush USC Vince Young Texas Full Voting Results
2006 Troy Smith Ohio State Darren McFadden Arkansas Full Voting Results
2007 Tim Tebow Florida Darren McFadden Arkansas Full Voting Results

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