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"The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The winners of the trophy epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust's mission is to ensure the continuation and integrity of this award."
This is what the Heisman committee tells us on their website.
If this is the criteria for the award; then simply PITT's James Conner must win come December 12th.
If not then like all things in todays America that seem tainted with superficiality, shallowness and immediate self gratification; the Heisman is a joke.
Let me state my case.
First the stats.
In 2014 he was the ACC player of the year.
In 2015 he ripped his knee apart.
In 2015 he was diagnosis with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
In 2016 he returned to the field of play after knee surgery and rehab.
In 2016 he returned to the field of play after suffering and enduring through Chemo to rid his body of the cancer within.
In 2016 he set the ACC All Time leading rusher TD record last week with 53 TD's..
NOTE: The ACC has been keeping records for sixty three years.
NOTE: PITT still has one regular season game to play at home against the Orangemen.
So based upon the Heisman's' criteria of " pursuit of excellence with integrity" and that "The winners of the trophy epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work."; there simply can be no other winner,
Stats and National Championships are good measures of a football player.
But if we are to truly believe the ethos that we are taught about the game that it builds character and it teaches us how to deal with life. And that the game is more than trophy's and awards that it is about character. Then James Conner must win.
If he does not; then it is all a myth.
Let's measure the man!
" Pursuit of excellence with integrity": My goodness the young man pursed his ACC rushing title while battling a torn up knee and battling cancer. All the while with a smile on his face, concern for his fellow patients who were also fighting the disease and all the while trying to keep his teammates inspired.
"The winners of the trophy epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.": My God, henceforth from today beside the words, "diligence, perseverance, and hard work" in the dictionary there will be a picture of James Conner.
The Heisman humiliated itself in recent history with awarding their trophy to Reggie Bush. Who after the fact it was found "did not" conduct himself with "integrity".
The Heisman humiliated itself in recent history with awarding their trophy to the boy buffoon; Johnny Manziel. Need I list the reasons why?
Oh, and if stealing crab legs and yelling obscenities at young ladies is truly grounds for winning the
Heisman; then America "is truly done".
Knute Rockne said, "Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes."
James Conner is the 2016 Heisman trophy winner.