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Posts Tagged ‘Heisman Trophy.’

1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier, dead at age 82

(courtesy Downtown Athletic Club)

Dick Kazmaier, a halfback, kicker and quarterback  from Princeton University who won the Heisman Trophy in 1951, died in Boston from heart and lung disease. He was 82.

He ended his career third all time in Princeton history with over 4000 yards of offense and 55 touchdowns. Also in 1951, he won All-American honors as well as the Maxwell Award.

Kazmaier had a career in the NFL waiting on him but he declined to play.

Kazmaier was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1952, 15th round, 176th pick, but he decided to pursue a master’s degree in Business administration at Harvard.

Kazmaier graduated from Maumee High School near Toledo, Ohio, in 1948. He played football (four years), basketball (four years), track & field (four years), baseball (four years) and golf (one year) earning a letter each year in each sport. He was recruited by 23 colleges, most offering full scholarships.

He served as chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness under President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush and was president of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

 

Troy Smith signs with Steelers

 

Troy Smith with Baltimore Ravens in 2008 (photo by Saquan Simpson via wikipedia commons)

Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, a 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, has been signed to a reserve/futures contract by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Smith spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens from 2007-2009, beating the Steelers as a rookie starter in 2007.

Smith spent 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers.

Smith won the 2006 Heisman Memorial Trophy on December 9, 2006. He beat out sophomore RB Darren McFadden (2nd) from Arkansas and senior QB Brady Quinn (3rd), from Notre Dame.

In winning the 2006 Heisman, Smith took 86.7% of the first place votes, a record that has not been broken. His tally of 2,540 votes was the third largest behind that of the then-2005 Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush of the USC (2,541 votes) and 1968 Heisman winner O. J. Simpson who also played for USC (2,853 votes). His margin of victory (1,662 votes) was also the second largest in the history of the award, eclipsed only by O.J. Simpson who won by 1,750 votes.

Troy Smith joined Les Horvath (1944), Vic Janowicz (1950), Howard “Hopalong” Cassady (1955), Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975) and Eddie George (1995) as Ohio State Heisman winners.

Smith was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League on September 2, 2011. An injury to fellow Heisman Trophy-winner Eric Crouch in the season opener, opened the door for Smith to become the starter, though the Nighthawks decided to go with Jeremiah Masoli who had been with the team longer.

Smith’s first UFL start came in Omaha’s final game of the season, a 25-19 loss to the Mountain Lions of Sacramento in the consolation round of the postseason. In the game, Smith completed 17-of-33 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, including a 81-yard touchdown pass to Chad Lucas.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV, Ohio State, United Football League & Wikipedia news

QB Robinson, DB Floyd returning to Michigan for senior seasons

 

Denard Robinson directing UM offense (megasportsnews.com photo)

The University of Michigan football program received good news over the weekend when QB Denard Robinson and DB J.T. Floyd will be returning for their senior seasons.

The two juniors looked over the opinions of the NFL Draft Advisory Board to get a read on where they might get drafted if they decided to go to pro.

Floyd picked off two passes last year.

Robinson should be a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2012. In 2011, he threw for 2,173 yards and ran for 1,176 in his junior season running new coach Brady Hoke’s offense.

Michigan ended the season on a good note, beating Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.

 

 

Info compiled from University of Michigan news

RG III leaving Baylor for the NFL according to reports

 

Robert Griffin III Baylor in 2009 (photo by Caesarscott via wikipedia commons)

Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III has decided to enter the NFL draft according to sources in the Waco, Texas area. He is also finalizing his hurt for hiring an agent.

The talented quarterback will be bypassing his senior year at Baylor to enter April’s draft, where experts say he’ll be one of the top overall picks along with Stanford QB Andrew Luck.

Griffin III also won the 2011 Davey O’Brien Award and was a Consensus All-American.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

Griffin receives Ford-Kinnick Award from Big Ten Conference

 

Archie Griffin May 2007 (photo by Stepshep via wikipedia commons)

Archie Griffin has not played college football since the mid-1970′s, but he is still being honored for his exploits on the gridiron.

The 57-year-old two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin was named the Big Ten Conference’s first recipient of the Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award,

The award is named after the late President Gerald Ford and Iowa Heisman Trophy winner and World War II hero Nile Kinnick.

Griffin, who won the Heisman in 1974 and 1975, was given in recognition of leadership an individual has displayed after their playing career has ended.

Griffin has been president and CEO of the Ohio State Alumni Association since 2004. He has been responsible for leading several scholarship and charity organizations.

Griffin who played at Ohio State from 1972-1975, also played in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1976-1982. He wrapped up his football career with the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL in 1985.

 

Info compiled from Big Ten Conference, Radio & TV news

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