For the cynics out there who have always claimed that the Heisman Trophy vote is dictated by politics, well, you’re actually partially correct.
Obviously, on-field play and team wins play a huge role in who gets voted into college football’s most exclusive club. Votes don’t strictly come from gaudy numbers, however. A player’s national profile also helps dictate whether or not they earn an invite to New York City.
That’s what makes Louisville star Teddy Bridgewater’s recent decision so interesting.
After leading the Cardinals to the final Big East football championship and then engineering a blowout of mighty Florida in the BCS Sugar Bowl, Bridgewater enters the 2013 season as one of a handful of young stars primed to make a run at Johnny Manziel’s Trophy.
However, if he does get the invite to the Big Apple, and if he is voted the winner, it will be strictly due to what he does on the field. Bridgewater squashed the program’s plan to launch a national campaign to promote the young man’s Heisman hopes.
Football office says no Heisman campaign for Teddy ….Teddy squashed it! Wants to concentrate on playing and the TEAM…I love this kid
— tony vanetti (@tonyvanetti) May 20, 2013
Bridgewater was widely understood to be a class act even before this choice of his was made public.
This, combined with a similarly great 3,718 passing yards, 27 touchdown and only eight interception year he enjoyed in 2012, may just wind up being all the Heisman goodwill he needs.
[H/T: SB Nation]