WHO IS THE HEISMAN TROPHY MODELED AFTER?
The Heisman trophy is modeled after Ed Smith, a leading player in 1934 for a team that no longer exists: the New York University football team.
WHO WAS THE FIRST PLAYER TO WIN THE HEISMAN TROPHY?
John Jacob "Jay" Berwanger from the University of Chicago won the Downtown Athletic Club award in 1935. The award was renamed the Heisman Trophy the following year and Berwanger is considered to be the first Heisman trophy winner. Though Berwanger was later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles he declined to sign with them, and gave up professional football for a career in business.
WHAT COLLEGE HAS THE MOST HEISMAN TROPHY WINNERS?
At the moment, the University of Notre Dame holds the record for most trophy winners with 7.
WHO IS THE HEISMAN TROPHY NAMED AFTER?
The Heisman trophy is named after legendary college football coach and former Downtown Athletic Club Athletic Director John Heisman.
WHO WAS THE LAST PLAYER TO WIN THE HEISMAN TROPHY?
Lamar Jackson took home the Heisman trophy in 2016. Jackson was the first player from Louisville to win the award and at 19 years and 337 days old is the youngest Heisman winner ever.
WHEN IS THE HEISMAN AWARDED?
The Heisman trophy is awarded on the second Saturday of December each year at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City. This year it will be awarded on December 9.