Football Heisman Trophy

About the Heisman Trophy

Annually, the Heisman Trophy is awarded to the player who demonstrates the most outstanding performance in NCAA football for that season. The player who receives this award must exemplify the traits of excellence, integrity, diligence, perseverance, and hard work.

This prestigious award is named after John W. Heisman and is awarded by the Heisman Trophy Trust each year. John Heisman was a famous and longtime college football coach from 1892-1927. In 1952, Heisman got inducted into the college football hall of fame and remains one of the most recognizable names in college football.

The trophy itself is made of cast bronze, stands 13.5 inches tall, and weighs 25 pounds. It was designed by Frank Eliscu and is modeled after legendary college football player Ed Smith.


The Heisman Trust controls the balloting process for the Heisman trophy. Voting is split up into 3 separate categories of voters. Currently, there are 929 ballots; consisting of 870 media votes split up into 6 regions across the country, 58 former Heisman winners, and 1 fan vote decided through a survey program run by Nissan (the premier partner of the Heisman Trophy). The award was inaugurated in 1935 and was first given to Jay Berwagner. The most recent winner of the trophy is Kyle Murray in 2018.