Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke, Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerrfel, and Vinny Testaverde. All were college football legends in the state of Florida, and all won the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman is the preeminent award in college football. With the first trophy being handed out in 1935, generations of football players have gone off to college dreaming that they too might win the award. The amazing plays of Heisman winners are seared in the minds of fans for generations. Who could forget Michigan wide receiver Desmond Howard’s famous 93-yard punt return touchdown against Ohio State, where he struck the Heisman pose upon scoring.
But what about those college football fans who cheer on the players? How can they ever get to see the trophy? Most only get a glimpse of the trophy through photos in magazines or on TV when the award is announced in mid-December. Seeing the trophy in person? Forget about it unless you travel to one of the universities where a player has won the award. There the awards are kept behind thick glass as if they were diamond necklaces.
Luckily for college football fans in the Tampa Bay area, the Heisman Trophy is here for a few days to see! Ferman Nissan, part of Tampa’s own Ferman family of auto dealers, is hosting the actual Heisman Trophy from Wednesday, September 12th through Sunday, September 16th. Fans are welcome to drop by the dealer at any time to view the trophy and strike their own Heisman pose.
However, college football fans know that Saturdays mean college football and so does Ferman Nissan. That’s why Saturday, September 15th is when Ferman is hosting their Official Heisman Celebration. The most important part of this celebration is to raise awareness and money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. If fans ever wanted to test drive a Nissan, Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm is the day to do it as Ferman will donate $10 per test drive to the Boys and Girls Club. The Zac and Len Show, found on WDAE 620 AM, will also broadcast live at the dealership from 10 am to 1 pm.
The Heisman and helping kids: sounds like a nice little Saturday.
Once fans have gone down to Ferman and struck the Heisman pose, they should go find a place to eat by heading to 813area and reviewing one of Tampa’s many great restaurants in the area. For more information on other events in Tampa Bay or sports throughout Hillsborough County, check out 813area, your free guide to your favorite city!
Photo credit Collin Sherwin