"Like many young boys, I dreamed of winning a Heisman Trophy. But I never once considered the impact it could have on one's life.
Now, I can almost imagine one of us winning something like the Nobel Peace Prize and still getting introduced as a former Heisman trophy winner.
It's an honor and a title that sticks, and it opens many doors in life. I pray I am a good steward of the platform I've received from winning this prestigious award. I can’t wait to learn more about John Heisman, the man behind the trophy."
1996 Heisman Trophy winner
University of Florida
"The Heisman is arguably the most iconic trophy in all of sports, and certainly one of my life's proudest achievements. As recognizable as the statue is, many do not know the storied history of the man it was named after, Coach John Heisman. This book explores the life of a legend."
1991 Heisman Trophy winner
University of Michigan
"The Heisman Trophy and its winners are forever a part of the history and lure of college football. This book provides readers with an excellent examination of the life of John Heisman, the trophy’s namesake. After reading "Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy," you will know a lot more about the history of college football and learn why the Heisman Memorial Trophy is simply the greatest honor in all of American sports."
– Gino Torretta
1992 Heisman Trophy winner
University of Miami
I was born in the same year as the first award of the Heisman Memorial Trophy. Within that year, our first Athletic Director John W. Heisman passed away. In my position as Athletic Director, at the DAC, we annually met with and honored our nation's best college football players. In 1971, I was fortunate to meet Coach Heisman's family, William L. Heisman and his son John, and became keenly aware of the great man's reputation and some of his influential history. I am glad that Coach Heisman's life story is now being told and I'm glad for the Heisman family that tells it.
Executive Director, Emeritus
Heisman Trophy Trust
"To be a member of the most prestigious fraternity in sports is a supreme honor. As a new name is added to the Trophy each year, winning the Heisman becomes more important to each past winner. All of us are grateful to John Heisman; this book outlines the remarkable history of the man and the Trophy that carries his name."
– Joe Bellino
1960 Heisman Winner
United States Naval Academy
"In this book we finally find out the history of John Heisman and why the most prestigious trophy in America is named in his honor.'
– Archie Griffin
1974 and 1975 Heisman Trophy Winner
the Ohio State University
"Wining the Heisman Trophy made me appreciate the importance of coaching and teamwork. You don't win Heisman's by yourself and you don't win National Championships by yourself, it's always in conjunction with others that you make your greatest accomplishments and Teamwork Makes Your Dreams Work"!
"John Heisman might just have taught us that success in athletics is more about finding yourself a world class coach and studying them like a scientist. Maybe it's not about being brilliant or bright maybe it's just about surrounding yourself with the right people. I don't know but it work for me."
I can't wait to study and learn more about the World Class Coach John Heisman!
–Johnny "the Jet" Rodgers
1972 Heisman Trophy Winner
University of Nebraska
"Winning the Heisman Trophy was one of the most memorable events of my life. And to this day the December announcement of the winner captures the attention of the entire nation."
"Since 1935 the Heisman Trophy has been awarded to the most outstanding college football player in the country."
"Most people easily identify with the name Heisman because of the award but don’t know much about the history of the man it was named after. This book tell the story of the incredible life and accomplishments of the man and the coach... John W. Heisman."
73 Heisman Trophy Winner
Penn State University