At some point this afternoon, I will hit the “Enter” key on my computer and send my vote for the Heisman Trophy, American sport’s most prestigious individual honor, to the fine numbers-crunchers at Deloitte & Touche. It is a privilege I have enjoyed since 2004 and one of the most cherished duties I perform in my capacity as a writer and broadcaster.
Every time I cast my ballot, I do so with a sharp eye on the Trophy’s unique place in the American sporting culture. There are those who argue the Heisman has lost significance, but anyone who watches the ceremony and sees the distinguished lineup of former winners assembled to welcome the latest conscript into their unique fraternity understands it remains a tremendous tribute. The Heisman is more than a symbol of individual excellence. It signifies the sport’s great history and tradition. You may not think Eric Crouch and Jason White and Gino Torretta belong on the same list with Roger Staubach, Archie Griffin and Herschel Walker, but they are all Heisman winners, and therefore deserve the respect and esteem the award confers upon them. Heisman winners are special, just like the award itself.
And that’s why I’m not voting for Cam Newton this year. Read more »