For a Heisman Trophy race that was about as lopsided as, well, many of the recent ones, the 2013 Heisman race had its fair share of storylines.
You had last season's winner, Johnny Manziel, no stranger to storylines of his own, as one of the finalists, the fourth former winner to make a repeat appearance in New York as a finalist. He was also the fourth to leave empty-handed. Well, kind of empty handed.
You had this season's eventual winner, Florida State freshman Jameis Winston, and his candidacy almost thwarted by a sexual assault investigation that eventually didn't turn up enough evidence against Winston to pursue a trial.
The effects of the investigation itself, while not drastic enough to keep Winston from winning the hardware, were profound enough to keep 115 of the 900 voters from putting Winston on their three-place ballot altogether. (To be fair, there may be voters who actually didn't see Winston as one of the three best players in the country. So if you're one of those voters, I'm not talking about you.)
In the end, like nearly all of Florida State's actual football games this season, it all added up to a blowout.
Winston won the 2013 Heisman Trophy by the seventh-widest margin in the history of the award, earning 2,205 points to Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's 704 points. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was third with 558 points.
Boston College's Andre Williams was the top running back, coming in fourth with 470 points. Manziel ended up fifth with 421, while Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason was sixth with 404. (It would have been fascinating to see where Mason would have finished if the balloting had been completed after his 303-yard performance against Missouri in the SEC Title Game.)
The margin of victory was the seventh largest in Heisman history. Winston earned 668 first-place votes while McCarron was first on 79 ballots.
Winston was the second straight freshman to win the award, which means he will be the second straight sophomore trying to repeat. If Winston's scare with the law these past several weeks (which may or may not be over) wasn't enough, certainly, watching Manziel deal with and, at times, feed the scrutiny that came with being a Heisman winner, an underage one at that, should give the Florida State signal caller enough of a blueprint to know how to approach 2014.
In the meantime, now comes the big question -- what does Winston do with the actual trophy? (You thought I was gonna say, "Who will compete with Winston next season?" didn't you? You did. That will be a post for another time, after the draft eligibles figure out their futures.) Well, the Washington Post recently did a "Heisman Tracker" piece in which they discovered the location of each winner's actual Heisman Trophy. If Winston is looking for some guidance on this, here's how the piece shook out:
At winner's (or widow's) home: 35 Winner's parent(s') home: 12 University building: 9 Bar/restaurant: 5 In storage: 4 At high school alma mater: 3 Museum: 3 Grandparents' home: 1 (Manziel) Public library: 1 (Ward) Casino: 1 (Allen, in the LUXOR) Florida somewhere: 1 (C. White) Work office: 1 (Spurrier) Private buyer in Michigan: 1 (Hart) Daughter's home: 1 (Laettner)
A few of my favorite stories about where the trophies are located:
TIM TEBOW, 2007
Tebow said his trophy is at his parents' home in Jacksonville, behind family pictures and photographs from his sister's wedding -- symbolizing, he says, that individual achievements are less important, no matter their significance, than family milestones.
Ah, Tebow's camp couldn't just answer the question. Had to be preachy on the way out the door, too, I see. Who would've known family was important without Tim Tebow
telling us all about his displaying his trophy behind his family snapshots?
RON DAYNE, 1999
The Heisman Trophy won after Dayne broke the career record for rushing yards is kept in a display case at a Buffalo Wild Wings in downtown Madison, Wis., according to Dayne's booking agent.
Of course it is.
TIM BROWN, 1987
When Brown met with an architect to design his home in DeSoto, Tex., near Dallas, he wanted his Heisman Trophy to be a focal point. So together, they drew up a showcase near the front entrance; past the doorway on the right would be a lighted space for the 1987 Heisman. Then again, most times the showcase is empty. Usually, Brown said, his trophy is in a cabinet at his mother's house in nearby Duncanville. If Brown hosts friends or important visitors, he retrieves it and adds it to the showcase, but for most of the past 15 years, that custom-designed Heisman alcove has contained no Heisman.
I love that Brown has to go over to his parents' house to pick up the trophy if he has important people coming over to his house that he wants to impress. "Ma, I need to come over and pick up Heisman." Like it's a pet or a child.
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CHARLES WHITE, 1979
In 2000, according to reports, White auctioned his Heisman for $184,000 to settle tax debts. The trophy was later resold, reportedly to actor Charlie Sheen, and then to an Arkansas memorabilia collector named John Rogers. Along with several Southern California alumni, Rogers offered to return White's Heisman if he could make his money back. But learning that White had sold the trophy, Rogers said, the alumni lost interest. Rogers, who admits the effort to return the Heisman was as much a publicity stunt as anything, instead sold the trophy to a buyer who insisted he sign a non-disclosure agreement. All he'll say now is that the money was wired from New York and the trophy shipped to Florida.
Oddly enough, with Reggie Bush's Heisman having to be vacated and returned because of NCAA violations, and O.J.'s being sold as part of a civil suit because he killed two people, this is only the third most bizarre story of Heisman Trophy whereabouts involving a former USC running back.
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