The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner will be announced on Saturday night.
Most likely, the winner will be a quarterback, and the favorite as Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston.
That got me to thinking – which of the most recent Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks would do well in the A11 Football League? Let’s go back about 30 years…
- Doug Flutie (Boston College, 1984). Flutie might very well have been the poster child for the A11FL had it been around in the mid-to-late-1980s and 1990s. Playing in three professional football leagues (United States Football League, National Football League and Canadian Football League) from 1985-2005, Flutie posted ridiculous passing and rushing numbers – 58,179 yards and 369 touchdowns passing, and 6,759 yards and 82 touchdowns rushing.
- Charlie Ward (Florida State, 1993). Ward chose to play in the National Basketball Association, ending with a 11-year career mostly with the New York Knicks, rather than in the NFL. His Heisman senior season of 1993 with the Seminoles was very A11FL-worthy – a 69.5 completion rate, 3,032 passing yards, 27 touchdown passes, only four interceptions and 339 yards and four touchdowns rushing.
- Eric Crouch (Nebraska, 2001). Crouch played briefly in pro football, and was a pro quarterback for a brief time in the CFL and the United Football League. His skill set, and his numbers at Nebraska (4,481 yards and 29 touchdowns passing, 3,434 yards and 59 touchdowns rushing), would have made Crouch a very good option for an A11FL team.
- Troy Smith (Ohio State, 2006). Smith has been in professional football since 2007 in the NFL, UFL and CFL, and he has shown flashes of his Heisman form – most recently in his first CFL season with the Montreal Alouettes. In 2005 with the Buckeyes, Smith ran for 611 yards and 11 touchdowns. His Heisman season saw Smith throw for 2,542 yards and 30 touchdowns, and run for 204 yards and another score.
- Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007). The current prototype A11FL quarterback, Tebow has been a winner at both the Division I college and NFL levels. In 35 NFL games, Tebow has thrown for 2,422 yards and 17 touchdowns, and ran for 989 yards and 12 scores. In college, Tebow posted numbers which would make any A11FL offensive coordinator drool – 9,285 yards and 88 touchdowns passing, and 2,947 yards and 57 touchdowns rushing.
- Two current NFL quarterbacks – Cam Newton (Auburn, 2010) and Robert Griffin III (Baylor, 2011) – would be dominant A11FL players, as would Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, 2012), who may be joining Newton and Griffin III in the NFL soon.
- The other Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks in the last 30 years – some with a lot of professional success, some with very little – who wouldn’t fit in well in the A11FL include Vinny Testaverde (Miami, 1986), Andre Ware (Houston, 1989), Ty Detmer (BYU, 1990), Gino Torretta (Miami, 1992), Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1996), Chris Weinke (Florida State, 2000), Carson Palmer (USC, 2002), Jason White (Oklahoma, 2003), Matt Leinart (USC, 2004) and Sam Bradford (Oklahoma, 2008).