August 15, 2012
Football & the 1930's. A propitious pairing.
Four bowls - Orange, Sugar, Sun and Cotton - and a now-famous bronze stiff arm running back. Not bad.
The first Heisman Trophy was awarded in 1935 to the nation's "most outstanding" college football player and has since become one of the most coveted awards in American sports. It's the Oscar of football; the Nobel Prize of athletic performance. The auspicious player in 1935 was University of Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger, who was also the first ever NFL Draft pick in 1936.
Rumor has it that Berwanger didn't have room for the trophy at his fraternity house so his Aunt Gussie graciously agreed to keep it in her home where she used it as a doorstop. You can almost picture Berwanger blowing into his aunt's house with a bag of laundry on weekends, patting his Heisman on the head as he breezed past it and through the door.
In that same picture, Berwanger is wearing our 1930's Football Sweater. Ample. Masculine. Easy. The perfect pre- or post-game attire for a crisp fall weekend, whether you're playing the game, tailgating next to it, or just watching it on TV.
What are your most cherished college football memories? Or, at least tell me who your favorite Heisman winner is.