Eighty years ago today the Downtown Athletic Club awarded its first Heisman Trophy to Jay Berwanger as college football’s most outstanding player. He was the star halfback of the University of Chicago Maroons, in the team’s waning years as a Big Ten powerhouse. That alone is a great trivia question.
His Heisman Trophy is on display at the University of Chicago. I clipped a photo of it from the UChicago website; I don’t think they’ll mind.
Speaking of the Heisman, at a school charity auction a few years ago I had the good fortune to win a football signed by 20 Heisman Trophy winners, donated by Johnny Lattner, the 1953 Heisman winner and star at Notre Dame and Fenwick High School in suburban Chicago Oak Park. Lattner's signature is just to the left of the figure of the player.