There are a few select awards that truly resonate, distinctions that have a weight and gravitas beyond the rest. Awards that brand a recipient for life. Things like an Oscar, a Pulitzer, a Nobel Peace Prize, maybe a Grammy. And perhaps the Heisman. The Heisman trophy is the grand champion of all individual awards in college sports, big enough to have its own eponymous pose and televised award show. The Heisman Trophy goes essentially to the most valuable player in college football, although that’s something of a simplification. According to the Heisman Trust, the organization behind the award, the Heisman “recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” What that’s come to mean over the years is it typically goes to the best quarterback, or sometimes running back, that plays for one of the top teams in the country that wins almost every game and consistently stays in the hunt for a national championship. Which means that since 2000, we’ve had 18 quarterbacks and two running backs from exclusively major Division I schools – including four Oklahoma Sooners and two each from Alabama, USC, and Florida State. These are the most glamourous, well known, successful football winners, your leading men so to speak. And presumably the next generation of professional football luminaries, guys who would go on to quarterback Super Bowl champions and make millions of dollars in the process.