At Florida’s 2011 spring game statues were unveiled for their Heisman Trophy winners: Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow. A couple of weeks ago Texas honored Ricky Williams, winner of the 1998 Heisman, with a sculpture bearing his likeness. Auburn got in on the act yesterday prior to their annual spring game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The university honored Cam Newton, Bo Jackson, and Pat Sullivan with statues on the stadium’s premises.
In 2010 Newton took home just about every major college football award including the Heisman, Maxwell, Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien, and AP Player of the Year. He completed 66% of his passes and threw for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,473 yards with 20 more TD’s as he led Auburn to a BCS championship with a 22-19 victory over Oregon in the title game.
Jackson was twice named an All-American while playing at from Auburn from 1982-1985. He finished his collegiate career with 4,303 rushing yards and 45 total touchdowns. As a sophomore he ran for 1,213 yards with 256 coming against rival Alabama. As a senior he gained 1,786 yards (third all-time in the SEC) on the ground and scored 17 TD’s, enough for him to receive 317 first place votes and win the Heisman in 1985.
Sullivan was the SEC Player of the Year in 1970. The following year he was a consensus All-American and was awarded the Heisman Trophy. From 1969-1971 he passed for 6,284 yards and 53 touchdowns. His #7 is one of three football jerseys retired by the school along with Bo Jackson’s #34 and Sullivan’s favorite target, #88 Terry Beasley.
Here’s video from the ceremony courtesy of The Birmingham News.