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Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy

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The first authorized and definitive biography of the man whose life has been memorialized by the eponymous Heisman Trophy, written by his great-nephew.

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 compe
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Howard Books
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John Jacobs
Feb 16, 2016 John Jacobs rated it really liked it
"Heisman" is a biography of the legendary football coach John Heisman, who invented many of the rules and techniques used in college football, and who coached at Oberlin, Buchtel, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Penn, Washington & Jefferson, and Rice. Most of the story is of his professional life because little is known of his personal life, but there was some good detail about his father and family roots, and some interesting stories about his hobbies. Who knew that Heisman acted in Shakespe ...more
Nick Ohrn
Jan 06, 2015 Nick Ohrn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Football nerds
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
For me, this was the definition of a quick read. I think it only took me 3-4 hours total to get through the book.

The work was about what I expected. Most of the narrative was coverage of the games and experiences that shaped Heisman's life. There was mention of his teams' records over the years, the innovations he pioneered, and the non-football things he did. I was surprised to learn that Heisman was an actor and manager of an acting troupe. That is something I definitely did not know beforehan
Michael Montegut
Oct 17, 2013 Michael Montegut rated it really liked it
Heisman, the Man Behind the Trophy
On October 23, 1869 a man named John Heisman was born in
Cleveland, Ohio. His parents were immigrants from Germany; they immigrated to the U.S. not long before he was born. John’s father later moved his family to Titusville, Pennsylvania. He was an owner of a barrel company that carried wine, beer, and even oil. He later started business with “Standard Oil Company” owned by John D. Rockefeller. John attended Titusville High School, and that’s where he played hi
Elaine Heisman
I was captivated! This book is about football like the Blindside is. Amazing true story with history, romance, drama . Yet it is remarkable for football historians. I didn't know coach Heisman had a black player in 1922 ,that he made so many innovations (forward pass, hike signal, quarters, protective equipment, many plays). Many of the things we take for granted now, he worked hard to establish
Aug 07, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
i learned a lot about early football as well as Heisman's contributions to the sport-- hiking, scoreboard, quarters, forward passes! I didn't know he was an actor and newspaper columnist as well. Very interesting man and a good book.
Dec 13, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-hardcopy
Wonderful story of the most revered college football coach in history. Fascinating reach into his personal life. Highly recommended for the CFB fan.
Heather Wilson
Feb 22, 2014 Heather Wilson rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but it was more about Heisman's GAMES than the actual man himself.
Jun 24, 2013 Pmacke rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
you know the trophy, you should get to know the man ... innovator and all-around stud
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