Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy

Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy

by John M Heisman, Mark Schlabach
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Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy by John M Heisman, Mark Schlabach

To the select fraternity of men who have won the Heisman Trophy since its inception in 1935, the award is so much more than just a football trophy. The Heisman is a national symbol of collegiate football experience and competitiveness. Over time, it has become the single most celebrated individual award in all of American sports.

Although the Heisman Trophy is old, it does not age. If anything, its impact gets stronger every year. No other individual award captures the country’s imagination like the Heisman does. From the very first time toe meets leather to kick off a college football season, fans across the country begin debating which players will be the top Heisman Trophy candidates.

While the Heisman Trophy is the most famous individual award in sports, very little is known about John W. Heisman, the man the Downtown Athletic Club of New York chose to honor in 1936 by naming its national player of the year award for him.

In Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy, John M. Heisman, the legendary coach’s great-nephew, and New York Times bestselling author Mark Schlabach offer college football fans across the country the first authorized and definitive biography of the man whose life has been memorialized by the Heisman Trophy.

After combing through thousands of pages of Heisman’s personal documents, writings, playbooks, and never-before-published correspondence with some of college football’s most famous coaches, the authors have chronicled Heisman’s life from a young boy growing up on the oil fields of northwest Pennsylvania to eventually becoming one of the sport’s most innovative and successful coaches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451682915
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

John M. Heisman is the founder of Heisman Group, Ltd., which was established to preserve the legacy and memory of John W. Heisman and the development of American football. Heisman is also vice president of sales and marketing for Harper Vance Web Developers. He is a graduate of Ohio State University and Ashland Theological Seminary and lives in Toledo, Ohio, with his wife Elaine.

Mark Schlabach is a national college football columnist for ESPN.com and is a regular guest on television programs on the ESPN platform. A former staff writer for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Washington Post, Schlabach has covered college football for nearly two decades. A 1996 graduate of the University of Georgia, Schlabach and his wife, Heather, live with their three children in Madison, Georgia.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book, but it looks interesting.
fudgeWH More than 1 year ago
very entertaining book and easy to follow with his life learned some very interesting things about Heisman that I did not know
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