Sunday, December 11, 2011

Baylor Bears Quartback Takes Home An "Ed"

Baylor Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III (RG3) won the annual award for most outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.

The award, better known as the Heisman Trophy, was designed in 1935 by sculptor Frank Eliscu. Many, myself included, believe it to be the best looking trophy in any sport, college or professional. A friend and former high school classmate of the sculptor, Ed Smith, posed for the trophy with the now legendary straight-arm (stiff arm).

For us football fans, the Heisman symbolizes what Michelangelo's Statue of David does for renaissance sculpture; a masterpiece.

The player awarded the Heisman has the red carpet laid out for him once he leaves college to pursue a professional football career. Some become good pro players, few become great and for many their star never shines as bright as the day they accept the bronze cast sculpture modeled after a man from NYU who was taken in the first NFL draft by the Washington Redskins.

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