Shortsighted Heisman failed to promote future
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Shortsighted Heisman failed to promote future

San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey should have been invited to New York

Photo: Donnel Pumphrey

Dear Heisman Trophy trustees:

You blew it. Again.

Do you realize the challenge football faces these days with declining numbers at youth levels due to parents concerned about the safety of the game? ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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