Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

08 Dec 2012

Johnny Manziel Wins Heisman

As just announced on ESPN, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is your 2012 Heisman Memorial Trophy winner. Congratulations to him.

Posted by: Tom Gower on 08 Dec 2012

11 comments, Last at 12 Dec 2012, 10:43am by Illuminatus!


by JIPanick :: Sat, 12/08/2012 - 10:30pm

Gig 'em!

by CoachDave :: Sun, 12/09/2012 - 1:14pm

I couldn't have been more impressed with his speech and follow up interview.

I'm sure they've "trained him up" on what and how to
talk...but that only goes so far.

His parents should be very proud.

by Gorilla Graham (not verified) :: Sun, 12/09/2012 - 1:47pm

This award means nothing because it did not come from Bill Belichek, and because the voters are racists, they did not give this award to Bill Belichek when he was eligible.
He is the way, the truth, and the light.
Pats gonna win fifteenth super bowl in a row this year!

by JonFrum :: Sun, 12/09/2012 - 7:07pm

Mom said to take your meds.

by BJR :: Sun, 12/09/2012 - 9:11pm

Is this supposed to be funny?

by JonFrum :: Sun, 12/09/2012 - 7:14pm

There should be a separate Quarterback of the Year award, and then a true Player of the Year award. And the Player of the Year award should be chosen regardless of team record. The Heisman is essentially for the quarterback with the best stats on the team with the most wins. Why vote?

by tuluse :: Mon, 12/10/2012 - 1:26am

Or running back!

by Bud Bundy (not verified) :: Mon, 12/10/2012 - 1:54am

"There should be a separate Quarterback of the Year award"

There is, it's called the Davey O'Brien award (there's others, but this is probably the most well-known).

Honestly, I don't know why so much attention continues to be paid to the Heisman Trophy. The only thing it's got going for it is age/tradition and that it purports to reward the "most outstanding player" which theoretically means anyone can win it, but we know otherwise.

The Downtown Athletic Club must have a great marketing department. Seriously. Growing up me and my friends would debate who should win it. It wasn't until Gino Torretta won in 1992 that I became disillusioned. Torretta was a decent, functional quarterback who happened to play on a very successful team. He wasn't the best player on that team by a country mile.

by justme_cd :: Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:33am

I agree but in this case it wouldn't have changed my vote for Manziel

by JIPanick :: Tue, 12/11/2012 - 3:31pm

I can dream about the Aggies having the most wins.

Actually, this year it broke down into biggest name on team with most wins (Te'o) vs the actual most valuable player (Manziel).

Of course, because all positions are not created equal, most valuable != best. I have no idea who the latter was this year.

by Illuminatus! (not verified) :: Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:43am

True, except the Heisman doesn't actually reward the Most Valuable Player, it's supposed to reward the "Outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity."

Value to and success of your team aren't mentioned, those are 'requirements' that the voters have imposed on it. No less than the old gentleman's agreement that it should be won by upperclassmen.