Yahoo – Heisman Trophy campaigns by schools don’t make sense, or at least they shouldn’t. Voters shouldn’t be swayed by football cards or billboards or other kooky items (Kansas State sent out band-aids to pump up Collin Klein’s candidacy last year). They should be swayed by watching players, analyzing numbers and making correct decisions on who to vote for. Anyone who needs a promotional item mailed to them to know who to vote for the Heisman Trophy shouldn’t have a ballot. But, the campaigns for individuals roll on anyway. Just not at Louisville this year. Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is one of the best players in college football, told Louisville he does not want a Heisman campaign, according to WDRB.com.
The report from WDRB said the reason Bridgewater asked Louisville to skip any Heisman campaign is he wants any promotion to focus on the team as a whole, not him. Bridgewater had said earlier this offseason he didn’t mind a Heisman campaign, but thought better of it and told the coaches he didn’t want one. ”He wanted it to be about team and if we won as a team individual recognition would come anyway,” Louisville sports information director Rocco Gasparro said to WDRB. “It says a lot about the character of Teddy, I think, and how much his team means to him.”
Genius move by Teddy Bridgewater. Tell someone “privately” that you don’t want to have a Heisman campaign because you want to focus on the team as a whole and not individual accolades. Have that person tell everyone in a 100 mile radius with a microphone or lap top. Let it leak out and boom, there’s your Heisman campaign right there. The guy who just wants to win and doesn’t need to send out cards or billboards or band-aids. Brilliant. Not mad at it one bit either. Judging from that Sugar Bowl performance dude is right at the top of the list anyway. Florida knows what I’m talking about. Just a nice little added touch to be the humble team-first guy who doesn’t give a shit about the Heisman but totally gives a shit about the Heisman.