The five Heisman winners who had the smallest impact performing in the NFL over the course of the past 25 years

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Although blowing in the NFL, Andre Ware was a great Cougar.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy will be awarded to Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’oTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel or Kansas State passer Collin Klein later this evening at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square.

Although being the most outstanding NCAA college football player for a year, previous Heisman winners have not always experienced success in the National Football League (NFL).

Below are the five Heisman winners who ultimately had the smallest impact performing in the NFL over the course of the past 25 years.

1) Jason White – White won the Heisman Trophy in 2003 as a quarterback for theUniversity of Oklahoma Sooners.

White finished his collegiate career as the Sooners’ all-time leader in passing yards (8,012) and touchdown passes (81).

Despite his remarkable achievements in Norman, White garnered very little interest from scouts and was not selected in the 2005 NFL Draft.

To compound the frustration of getting snubbed by 32 teams, White was further disrespected by not receiving a single invitation to tryout for an NFL squad.

The Tennessee Titans eventually lobbed White a bone and inked the dimmed Sooner to a deal prior to the start of the 2005 season.

White’s stint as a Tennessean was extremely brief and the shopworn signal-caller prudently quit football altogether due to balky knees after being axed by the Titans.

2) Gino Torretta – Torretta captured the Heisman Trophy in 1992 as an elite field general for the University of Miami Hurricanes.

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University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish leader Brian Kelly wins the first of what should be numerous coach of the year awards

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Brian Kelly is a true coaching great.

While the top-ranked University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish waits to compete against No. 2 Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game on January 7 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, it was announced today that Brian Kelly will become the first two-time winner of the Home Depot Coach of the Year.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who is 81-32 since debuting on the sideline with Central Michigan in 2004, initially earned the award in 2009 while coaching the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.

Kelly, a three-time Big East Coach of the Year who mercifully replaced the hideously obese Charlie Weis as Notre Dame’s leader in December 2009, will formally accept the accolade tomorrow at the Home Depot College Football Awards.

Despite staring at a preseason schedule that seemed overwhelmingly difficult, one of the primary reasons the Irish (12-0) flourished on the gridiron was due to the play of All-American linebacker Manti Te’o, standout nose guard Louis Nix, dominant defensive end Stephon Tuitt and the rest of one of the more formidable front sevens in recent memory.

However, as Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick aptly noted, the fiery Kelly deserves as much credit as anyone for halting the Irish’s descent into college football’s version of redheaded stepchildren.

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Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham is right in spirit to defend Ndamukong Suh…But, wrong in principle

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Suh is a talented scumbag.

Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham defended Ndamukong Suh yesterday after Texans quarterback Matt Schaub publicly blasted the notorious defensive tackle for booting him in the ballsack during the first quarter of Houston’s 34-31 overtime victory on Thanksgiving at Ford Field in Detroit.

The NFL fined the 6-foot-4, 307 pound Suh, voted the NFL’s dirtiest player for the second consecutive year in a recent poll of players by the Sporting News, $30,000 for unnecessary roughness on the play.

“I saw the play,” said Cunningham, 66. “I agree whoever said it on national TV that he has to have eyes in the back of his head. That’s the first thing I said. I thought it was ridiculous. I’m so tired of having to say things like that, but it’s true. I coach football for living, I’ve done it for a long time. All kinds of things happen. He was trying to make a play and nobody talks about the guard tackling him on the way to the quarterback. We get no call; they get a call — or he gets a fine, whatever it was.”

Despite the league’s decision to not suspend the troublemaker, Schaub, who has thrown 117 touchdowns, in comparison to 67 interceptions, for 20,791 yards since the Atlanta Falcons snagged him out of the University of Virginia with the 90th choice in the 2004 draft, chastised Suh and said such a player would never be accepted in Houston.

“You don’t want a player like that. The stuff that he stands for and the type of player he is, that’s not Houston Texan-worthy,” said Schaub, 31, who resembled Vincent Willem van Gogh in pads when bloodthirsty Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays landed a helmet-to-helmet hit that resulted in the Texan losing a piece of his ear lobe in September. “That’s not what we’re about as a football team, as individuals, collectively as a group, we’re not that type of person.”

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Matt Schaub understandably says the dirty Ndamukong Suh is not ‘Houston Texan-worthy’

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It certainly looked like Suh’s kick to Schaub’s scrotum was intentional.

The NFL announced earlier today that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will not be suspended for booting Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the ballsack during the first quarter of Houston’s 34-31 overtime victory on Thanksgiving at Ford Field in Detroit.

Despite the league’s decision to not ban the notorious Lion, Schaub, who has thrown 117 touchdowns, in comparison to 67 interceptions, for 20,791 yards since the Atlanta Falconssnagged him out of the University of Virginia with the 90th choice in the 2004 draft, bashed Suh and said such a player would never be accepted in Houston.

“You don’t want a player like that. The stuff that he stands for and the type of player he is, that’s not Houston Texan-worthy,” said Schaub, 31, who resembled Vincent Willem van Gogh in pads when bloodthirsty Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays landed a helmet-to-helmet hit that resulted in the Texan losing a piece of his ear lobe in September. “That’s not what we’re about as a football team, as individuals, collectively as a group, we’re not that type of person.”

The 6-foot-4, 307 pound Suh, voted the NFL’s dirtiest player for the second consecutive year in a recent poll of players by the Sporting News, was infamously shelved for two games after purposefully stomping on the right arm of Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith on Turkey Day 2011.

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Intentional or not, Ndamukong Suh needs to be penalized for kicking Matt Schaub in the ballsack

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Ndamukong Suh is a degenerate.

In response to Ndamukong Suh kicking Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the ballsack yesterday at Ford Field in Detroit, NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said the defensive tackle’s notorious history as a Lion will be considered when reviewing the play.

Intentionally or not, Suh, who Detroit took with the second pick out of the University of Nebraska in the 2010 NFL Draft, booted Schaub in the first quarter of the Texans’ 34-31 overtime victory.

The 6-foot-4, 307 pound Suh, voted the NFL’s dirtiest player for the second consecutive year in a recent poll of players by the Sporting News, was infamously suspended for two games after purposefully stomping on the right arm of Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith last Turkey Day.

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Unfortunately, the Rose Bowl now may be able to lure an NFL team to the undeserving city of Los Angeles

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No NFL franchise should call Los Angeles its home.

Potentially clearing the way for an NFL team to return to Los Angeles, officials in Pasadena voted 7-1 to increase the number of annual events allowed to occur at the Rose Bowl from 12 to 25.

The Rose Bowl, a National Historic Landmark that opened in October 1922, requires nearly $200 million worth of renovations.

Nevertheless, despite chapping the ass of many locals, hosting 13 NFL games on a yearly basis at the antiquated stadium would generate significant revenue for the community.

“We have a fiduciary responsibility to the whole city to take the next step,” Councilwoman Margaret McAustin said. “I’m not excited about the NFL, and clearly [the Rose Bowl’s neighbors] are not excited, but it’s the responsible thing to do.”

Los Angeles, the second most populous city in the United States, has been without an NFL franchise since the Raiders vacated “La-La Land” for Oakland in 1994.

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With his draft stock plummeting, did USC Trojan Matt Barkley bang the pooch by returning to one of Tinseltown’s rougher ghettos?

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It’s time for Matt Barkley to exhibit faith and perseverance.

With USC Trojan Matt Barkley shelved after suffering a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder last weekend against UCLA, the senior quarterback’s NFL Draft stock continuesto rapidly plummet.

The 6-foot-2, 230 pound Barkley, who was once projected to be the first pick in this April’s draft, has tossed 116 touchdowns, in comparison to a measly 48 interceptions, for 12,327 yards since making his debut in “The City of Angels” as a freshman in 2009.

Unfortunately for Trojans supporters and the 22-year-old Barkley, who many predicted would guide USC (7-4) to its 12th national championship and become the school’s seventhHeisman Memorial Trophy winner, this has been an extremely disappointing autumn on the gridiron in Troy.

The strong, accurate, mature and poised Barkley, playing behind a veteran offensive line with countless explosive weapons at his disposal, has thrown a relatively pedestrian 26 scores, in contrast to an alarming 15 picks, for 3,273 yards this season.

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‘I feel bad for’ teenager Max Wittek and the USC Trojans against the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Manti Te’o could physically crush Max Wittek.

With senior quarterback Matt Barkley shelved after suffering a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder against UCLA, the USC Trojans will start redshirt freshman Max Wittekagainst the University of Notre Dame and their smothering defense on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The 6-foot-2, 230 pound Barkley, who was once projected to be the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, has tossed 116 touchdowns, in comparison to a measly 48 interceptions, for 12,327 yards since making his debut in “The City of Angels” as a freshman in 2009.

“I feel bad for him and his family,” said sneaky USC head coach Lane Kiffin, 37. “This is obviously not how you want it to be.”

The 22-year-old Barkley, who many predicted would guide USC (7-4) to its 12th national championship and become the seventh Heisman Memorial Trophy winner from Troy this autumn, also didn’t compete against the Irish (11-0) in November 2010 due to a sprained ankle.

So, rather than face a solid veteran like Barkley, the Irish should easily devour the inexperienced 6-foot-4, 235 pound Wittick.

The 19-year-old Wittick, who, like Barkley, attended Mater Dei High School of Santa Ana, has never started a collegiate game and has thrown a mere nine passes for 95 yards.

It’s difficult to envision that a green youngster like Wittick will be able to handle All-American linebacker Manti Te’ostandout nose guard Louis Nixdominant defensive end Stephon Tuitt and the rest of one of the more formidable defenses in recent memory.

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Rather than wasting time with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, the New York Jets should start former Alabama standout Greg McElroy at quarterback

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Greg McElroy is better than Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow combined.

After yet another putrid performance in Sunday’s 28-7 loss to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, it is more evident than ever that Mark Sanchezis a quarterback incapable of making the New York Jets a winning organization.

The 26-year-old Sanchez, who the Jets (3-6) drafted with the fifth overall selection out of the University of Southern California (USC) in the 2009 NFL Draft, has tossed 65 scores, in contrast to 60 picks, for 11,069 yards in 56 career starts.

Most worrisome, Sanchez, the 2009 Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player award winner, has connected on a pathetic 54.7% of his passes.

The greatest quality a signal-caller can possess is accuracy and the Mexican-American, who lacks even a shred of touch on the ball, is flatly the most erratic passer in the league.

Despite being a substandard ballplayer, the Jets inked Sanchez to a three-year extension worth $40.5 million through the 2016 season in March.

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The five greatest sports sound bites since 2000

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Herman Edwards will always be famous for one memorable press conference.

10 years ago yesterday on October 30, 2002, in response to the Jets losing to theCleveland Browns and falling to 2-5, New York head coach Herman Edwards ranted “you play to win the game” during a Wednesday press conference.

Although a bush league motivational ploy with little actual substance, Edwards’ speech oddly still resonates a decade later.

In tribute to Herman Edwards’ tirade, below are the five best sports sound bites since 2000.

1. With Edwards at the helm, the Jets pulverized the Indianapolis Colts 41-0 in a 2002 Wild Card playoff game at Giants Stadium in the swamps of Jersey.

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