By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
Burreaux should win Heisman by a Landslide
NEW YORK: Tonight we will all get to see the live presentation of the 2019 Heisman Trophy at 7pm CT on ESPN. Everyone who bleeds purple & gold will be glued in front of a television, with high expectations that our LSU quarterback, Joe Burrow will be only the second Tiger in LSU history to win the prestige award, since Billy Cannon in 1959.
The Heisman trophy was first presented by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York in 1935 and was originally named the DAC Trophy. The trophy was to be awarded every year to the most Outstanding College Football Player. John Heisman was a very successful football player & coach. He had a head coaching record of 186-70-18. In 1917, his Georgia Tech team was recognized as national champions. Heisman also coached basketball, became a sportswriter, and actor. He was very instrumental in several changes to the game of football. He helped to invent and legalize the forward pass. He was the first to pull guards on running plays. He invented the center snap, the "Hut" or "Hike" shouted by the quarterback, and the hidden ball trick. He is also credited with the idea of listing the down and distance on the score board. Heisman was named the "Pioneer of Southern Football" by sportswriter Fuzzy Woodruff, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. He entered with the label of a master innovator of the brand of football of his day. Two months after his death in 1936, the members of the Downtown Athletic Club renamed the DAC, the Heisman Trophy.
The four finalist for this years 85th Heisman are, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, and of course our LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Joe is the apparent front runner. Many feel he may win the award by the largest margin ever. "In my opinion, he should win it." LSU coach Ed Orgeron said, reported by ESPN. "In my opinion, he's going to win it. The best thing about Joe is he's a team player. All he wants to do is win this game. Individual awards are not high on his list. That's what makes him such a great team player." Joe Burrow has passed for 4,715 yards & 48 touchdowns. He has completed 78% of his passes and has helped guide a LSU offense that averages right at 48 points a game. This week, Burrow received a letter from the Cannon family, reported by The Advocate. A letter that Joe Burrow has decided to keep private between them both. At LSU, Billy Cannon was twice named an All-American, helped the Tigers win the national Championship in 1958, and won the Heisman in 1959. He will always be remembered for his punt return against Ole Miss on Halloween night in 1959. A play that most label as, the greatest play in LSU history. Mr. Cannon past away on May 20th, 2018. I really think he would have enjoyed watching Joe Burrow play. Thursday night at the Home Depot College Football Awards, Hershal Walker called Joe, "One of the best quarterbacks I've ever seen, and that is no lie." Walker also added, "I told him, Don't lose the attitude. I love the spunk he has because that's what you need. Because your teammates follow that. I told him he's an incredible, incredible player."
So many records have fallen this season, however, Burrow isn't finish yet. He potentially has two games left to add to his totals and has only one major goal left. That goal is to help lead LSU to a National Championship.