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Saturday
Dec102005

Are we forgetting somebody?

Earlier this week CNNSI put up a list of Heisman "booms and busts", players who did well and did not do well in the professional leagues after winning the Heisman trophy.

CFR Reader Howard writes in:

How come everyone forgets Leon Hart, a Heisman lineman, who starred at Notre Dame and at Detroit?
Great point Howard, and in short, I think its indicative of the age of the person making the list that a lot of older winners weren't mentioned.

Taking this on a bit of a tangent, I think a lot of people get their feathers all ruffled when a favorite player of theirs doesn't win the Heisman and attack the award. I think it's misguided. To me the Heisman is the greatest award in all of sports, steeped in heavy mythology and over its history, has told a great story about the game of college football. It's a treat to go back and learn things about Leon Hart, about Glenn Davis, about Roger Staubach and Nile Kinnick. Years from now we'll fondly remember Desmond Howard's charisma and the grit of a guy like Ron Dayne.

 

As for Hart, it speaks to his abilities and the prestige of Notre Dame in the late 40's that a lineman would win an already prestigious award.

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