Take a read over one of the two stories I wrote last night from the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York.
NEW YORK ― Walking off the escalator just minutes after hearing the Heisman Trophy verdict, Trent Richardson was locked into his cell phone.
At least 100 text messages already clogged the inbox, each with a different twist on the prevailing theme. It was all encouragement for the Alabama running back in the moments following a third-place finish for college football’s grandest individual prize.
His recognizable smile didn’t fade despite the disappointment of falling a few hundred votes short of joining Mark Ingram in college football immortality. Those text messages certainly helped.
A few famous names mixed in with friends and teammates. Fellow Pensacola natives Emmitt Smith and Roy Jones Jr., both told Richardson how proud he made them for representing their hometown the right way.
Just two weeks ago, he appeared to be the one who’d walk away with the grade prize.
He led most projections after running for a career-best 203 yards in a 42-14 pounding of Auburn. At that point, Richardson said he felt good about his chances of winning the stiff-armed statue.
“Yeah, just this whole season looking back, I feel maybe I should have won and like I said, this is a team effort,” Richardson. “And we still have the national championship.”
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