College football’s Heisman Trophy: from Berwanger to Manziel
On the evening of Dec. 14, the 79th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation will be telecast live by ESPN. As the usual suspense builds about who will be named this season’s best college player, here are some fun facts to throw into your water cooler Heisman conversations.
1. Famous nonwinners
Where some famous nonwinners finished:
Mike Ditka: 6th in 1960 (behind Joe Bellino)
Brett Favre: nonfactor (played out of limelight at Southern Mississippi)
Joe Montana: nonfactor (was not a first-team All-America in college)
Adrian Peterson: 2nd in 2004 (behind Matt Leinert)