The college football universe is full of talented players. From national championship contenders to small Division III schools, players work hard all weekend to make themselves and their teams better. At the end of the year, though, only one player can win college football's highest honor.
The Heisman Trophy: Since 1935, the Heisman Trophy has been awarded to the best player in college football. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in all of sports. Some of the biggest current and former names in pro football have won the award: Reggie Bush (2005), Carson Palmer (2002), Eddie George (1995), Barry Sanders (1988), Bo Jackson (1985) and Roger Staubach (1963) are all Heisman Trophy winners. The trophy portrays an iconic bronze figure wearing an old-style helmet and carrying a football, with its arm stretched out as if to ward off would-be tacklers.
Mark Ingram: This year's award went to Mark Ingram, the University of Alabama's star running back. Despite the school's storied football tradition, Ingram is the Crimson Tide's first Heisman Trophy winner. Alabama fans and alumni all over the country are proud of Ingram's achievement. Ingram has overcome a lot of adversity in his life and in his football career, and was very emotional during his acceptance speech. This showed just how much the award means to Ingram and his family.
The Future: Winning the Heisman Trophy does not guarantee greatness in the NFL. Of the 74 players who have won the award since 1935, only eight have gone on to the pro football Hall of Fame. The trophy gives players like Ingram a great opportunity to continue their success on the football field. As long as they continue to put in the same effort as they do in college, Heisman winners can continue to make great achievements in professional football.
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