Thursday, December 10, 2009
My Ringing Heisman Endorsement
I am here before you today to officially endorse Toby Gerhart as my pick for this year's winner of the Heisman Trophy. Now I'm not going to break down the stats of each eligible player and nit pick as to who had the best year based on one thing as opposed to another, I'm not even going to mention any stats at all as a matter of fact. There are two VERY good reasons as to why I think Toby Gerhart eclipses all of the other Heisman candidates this year. Number 1: He is a white running back. Number 2: I have actually heard of him. When you put these two immutable facts together, it is a no brainer that this kid deserves to be the Heisman Trophy winner this year. There probably won't be another guy like Toby Gerhart ever again.
Who was the last white running back that you can remember having any impact on college football whatsoever? I am talking about a true running back, not a fullback like Mike Alstott. Having trouble? The only guy I can even recall is Gordie Lockbaum, a running back for Holy Cross in the 1980s who finished 3rd in the Heisman Trophy race. The last white guy I can even remember playing running back is Travis Jervey, who owned a pet lion and lived near the airport, and even he was more of a special teams guy. That is what makes Toby Gerhart's success that much more amazing. He is succeeding at a position where white people are not supposed to succeed anymore.
Sure, Mark Ingram played great against Florida, Tim Tebow is the face of college football, Colt McCoy is a great quarterback (and is incredibly fast to boot), and Ndamukong Suh is the best defensive player in football, but Toby Gerhart is a white running back for crying out loud! The fact that he is even playing division 1, let alone having such an amazing season, should be enough for him to win the Heisman. Toby Gerhart is a special player and has truly defied the odds. In my opinion, he is the no brainer choice for the Heisman this year and I wish him continued success in NFL. Represent!!