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John Heisman
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Football Coach
    (October 23, 1869-October 3, 1936)
    Born in Cleveland, Ohio
    Played football at Brown (1887-89) and the University of Pennsylvania (1890-91)
    Coached at Oberlin (1892,1894), Butchel (1893), Auburn (1895-99), Clemson (1900-03), Georgia Tech (1904-19), Pennsylvania (1920-22), Washington & Jefferson (1923) and Rice (1924-27)
    Overall record: 185-70-17
    Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1954)
    Namesake for the Heisman Trophy awarded annually for the best college player
    He started a trend by becoming the first college football coach whose salary was larger than any of the professors'.
    In the ultimate example of running up the score, his Georgia Tech team beat Cumberland College 222-0 (October 7, 1916).
    Ironically, he disliked the idea of an award singling out one player in a team game.
    He played a key role in legalizing the forward pass, transforming the game.
    He also introduced the first scoreboard, the center snap, the first audible at the line and dividing the game into quarters instead of halves.
    He ran up the score so ludicrously against Cumberland partly to make a point about sports writers who are too obsessed with the final score.

Credit: C. Fishel


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