Eliscu, Smith combined to create memorable image

The Heisman Trophy and its unforgettable pose are famous, but the story behind its creation almost was lost.

Updated: December 9, 2005, 3:33 PM ET
By Joe Goldstein | Special to ESPN.com

Halfback Jay Berwanger from the University of Chicago won the first Downtown Athletic Club Trophy in 1935. The award is now known as the Heisman Trophy -- and a famous bronze statue goes with it.

The model for the trophy is scarcely known even today and wasn't incontrovertibly revealed until 1982 (47 years after its first presentation).

Members of the Downtown Athletic Club in Manhattan established the award to honor the best college football player east of the Mississippi and turned ...

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