The Twisted History of Heisman Trophy Winners Part I w/ Barstool College Football Show Host Kayce Smith
Jay Berwanger (March 19, 1914 – June 26, 2002)
He was the first winner of the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy in 1935
- He received 84 votes, finishing ahead of Army's Monk Meyer, Notre Dame's William Shakespeare, and Princeton's Pepper Constable.
- Star halfback for the Chicago Maroons football team of the University of Chicago
- Known as the "one man football team".
- Competed in track and field for Chicago, setting a school decathlon record in 1936 that stood until 2007.
- During a 1934 game against the University of Chicago, Gerald Ford became the only future U.S. president to tackle a future Heisman Trophy winner when the Michigan center brought down Berwanger.
- But Jay left his mark on Ford in the form of a distinctive scar beneath the future U.S. President's left eye.
"When I tackled Jay in the second quarter, I ended up with a bloody cut and I still have the scar to prove it."
-Gerald Ford after Berwanger's death in June 2002.
- 1936: First player ever drafted into the NFL in its inaugural 1936 NFL draft.
- The Philadelphia Eagles selected him, but did not think they would be able to meet his reported salary demands of $1,000 per game.They traded his negotiating rights to the Chicago Bears for tackle Art Buss.
- Berwanger initially chose not to sign with the Bears in part to preserve his amateur status so that he could compete for a spot on the U.S. team for the 1936 Summer Olympics in the decathlon.
- After he missed the Olympics cut, Berwanger and Bears' owner George Halas were unable to reach an agreement on salary; Berwanger was requesting $15,000 and Halas' final offer was $13,500. Instead, he took a job with a Chicago rubber company and also became a part-time coach at the University of Chicago.
Lawrence Kelley (May 30, 1915 – June 27, 2000)
- 1936 First Winner of the now named Heisman Trophy (trick question)
- Captain of the team and played as an end at Yale University.
- Member of Skull and Bones
- Signed a one-game contract with the Boston Shamrocks of the American Football League in 1937 but never played.
- To benefit his nieces and nephews, Kelley sold his Heisman Trophy at an auction in December 1999 for $328,110 to the owner of The Stadium Museum, Restaurant & Bar in Garrison, New York, where it now resides.
- His health was visibly failing by then after having suffered a minor stroke and having open-heart surgery, and on June 27, 2000, Kelley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home, ruled a suicide by the police.
- He was 85 when he died, and is believed to be the first Heisman winner to take his own life.
Clint Frank (September 13, 1915 – July 7, 1992)
- 1937 Won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award
- Halfback for Yale University
- Member of Skull and Bones
- Graduated with a degree in economics in 1938.
- Beat out Byron "Whizzer" White for the Heisman Trophy
- Frank was drafted in the 12th round of the 1938 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, but he did not sign; he never played professional football.
- 1954 Founded the Clinton E. Frank, Inc. advertising agency.
- Had 3 sons and 6 daughters
Ivy League Hazing
Between the late 1940s and early 1970s, several Ivy League schools (including Harvard and Yale) took mandatory nude photographs of all freshman students.
For decades, thousands of students at Harvard and other prestigious schools would arrive on campus, strip down, and pose in front of a camera with four-inch metal pins sticking out of their spines, essentially turning them into human porcupines.
The practice of taking “posture photos’’ was common back then.
While the general idea was that the photos were meant for the use of studying scoliosis and other posture-related deficiencies, it’s believed they were actually being used to research something rather more sinister. Strong evidence has shown that the research was actually using Ivy League freshmen students to study the correlation between a person’s body shape and their intelligence. The Nazis compiled similar archives analyzing photos of body types to support their theories on race and social hierarchy.
Thousands of pictures were taken, including such notable names as George Bush, Diane Sawyer, Meryl Streep and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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