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Peter Schaffer
NFL Agent

Peter Schaffer

Agent and professor of sports law

McCoy and Bradford Do


The Heisman memorial Trophy is the most prestigious Award in all of sports; it is symbolic of true success and achievement in the most rigorous of team sports -- college football. Winning the Heisman means immortality for the lucky recipient, and membership in one of the most exclusive fraternities in the sporting world.

The other reality though is that Heisman success does not translate to NFL success especially for quarterbacks. Only the running back position has historically churned out Heisman winners who go on to great professional careers. Players like my clients Barry Sanders and Eddie George, as well as Ernie Davis, Marcus Allen, Hershel Walker, Earl Campbell and even the tarnished O.J. Simpson have truly excelled in the NFL in their careers.

Interesting enough, of the "modern era" Heisman Quarterbacks, only the Navy veteran and Cowboy great Roger Staubach is in the pro Football Hall of Fame (Paul Horning was listed as a quarterback at Notre dame but back in the single wing days equivalent to today's Wildcat offenses). There is however, a long list of Heisman winning quarterbacks who had less than stellar professional careers. It includes names likes of Jason White, Geno Torretta, Chris Weinke, Andre Ware, Danny Wuerffel, Charlie Ward (of NBA fame) all the way back to the fabled names of John Huarte, Steve Spurrier and Gary Beban.

This leaves the 2008 Heisman Memorial trophy winner in an interesting spot, since all three of the finalists are quarterbacks. History should change this year though. Both Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford appear to have the physical and mental tools necessary to make it in the NFL. They both are accurate, tough, and mobile, with ideal size. They also both seem to possess NFL arm strengths and football mentalities necessary to succeed at the single most difficult position in all of sports.

Last year's winner, Tim Tebow, might not possess the arm strength to succeed as an NFL quarterback. But he does have the other necessary traits and qualities to carve out a long and successful career in the NFL at a different position -- perhaps tight end, safety or situational type "Wildcat" quarterback. No matter what happens on Saturday watching these three players achieve success in the NFL for the next decade should be interesting.

By Peter Schaffer  |  December 12, 2008; 12:21 PM ET  | Category:  College Football , NFL , Peter Schaffer Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Why don't people like Tebow? He has 28 passing TDs and 2 interceptions, and he plays actual defenses in the SEC. Just because the guy plays in an unorthodox offense and has some running ability shouldn't disqualify him from being a great pro. McNabb ran the triple option at Syracuse. Whose to say Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy aren't reincarnations of Tim Couch and Cade McNown? Is this 1998 all over again?!!

Posted by: StephenD11 | December 12, 2008 11:49 PM

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