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The Heisman Trophy's Cleveland Connection

By December 7, 2012

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Although Ohio State's Braxton Miller, the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year, wasn't invited to the Heisman Trophy Award announcement ceremony on Saturday, there is still an Ohio connection to the trophy. (And, remember Miller's only a sophomore; there's still plenty of time for him to win that trophy.) The trophy, awarded to the best collegiate football player of the year, is named for Cleveland native, John Heisman, a former Oberlin and University of Akron coach and an important figure in the development of the game.

Heisman was born in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. A plaque now stands in front of his former home on Bridge Street.

The Heisman broadcast is at 8pm on Saturday, December 8, live from Best Buy Theater in New York City's Times Square.

(photo: courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute; used with permission)

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