Staubach Accused of Heisman Bias
Not long after offering his Heisman trophy to driver Terry Labonte if he wins the Daytona 500, team owner Roger Staubach was accused of holding a "Heisman Bias" that tainted the quality of the award.
"Its been well known that the Heisman only goes to quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs", explained ESPN.com commentator Ivan Maisel. "Well, Terry is the QUARTERBACK of his team. He's shown that he is WIDEly open to RECEIVING many different rides in 2006. And he's RUNNING BACK in the back of the field most of the time."
According to some, the bias doesn't just stop there.
"Its been years since a player from outside a major conference has even had a shot at the Heisman", argued ABC Sports commentator Dan Fouts. "Terry comes from Texas, a member of the Big 12. And I don't have to tell you that Hendrick Motorsports is the SEC of Nascar."
Staubach may also be wise to consider the possible negative implications of his promise: the "Heisman Jinx". As such, it states that athletes who win the trophy go on to have subpar pro careers. Though Labonte's career ended in 1998, he may still be vulnerable to the jinx.
ESPN Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. explained, "Many former Heisman winners have gone on to marginal-at-best careers in the pros--Andre Ware, Eric Crouch, and Gino Toretta are just a few examples. The only person to escape a life of disappointment and regret from this group was, of course, O.J. Simpson."
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