From the legendary to the little-known, Heisman history is never dull

Updated: May 26, 2010, 12:42 PM ET
By John D. Lukacs | Special to ESPN.com

With apologies to Ralphie Parker's old man and his beloved fishnet-clad leg lamp, there is one, and only one, major award: the Heisman Memorial Trophy.

Of course, that's hardly a surprise to anyone who doesn't live on snowy, idyllic Cleveland Street, the fictional address of the Parkers in December's other timeless tradition, "A Christmas Story." The Heisman long ago distanced itself not only from its prize peers in college football, but also from the America's Cups, Borg-Warners, ...

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