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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Memorable sports moment of the week – ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson wins the heavyweight title by knocking Trevor Berbick onto Queer Street

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Tyson destroyed Berbick.

26 years ago today on November 22, 1986, “Iron” Mike Tyson knocked psychotic Jamaican Trevor Berbick onto Queer Street in the second round to capture the WBC heavyweight belt at the Nevada Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas.

Fulfilling a dying wish of Tyson’s manager, trainer and legal guardian, Cus D’Amato, the badass Brooklynite memorably destroyed Berbick’s equilibrium to become the preeminent fighter in the world.

Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs), a deserved June 2011 International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum inductee, remains at 20 the youngest man to ever win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles.

Despite being an enormously skilled boxer, who beautifully employed outstanding defensive tactics, hand speed and accuracy with ferocious punching power, Tyson is wrongly considered by many onlookers as nothing more than a cannibalistic, convicted rapist.

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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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Memorable sports moment of the week – Emmitt Smith breaks Walter Payton’s NFL career rushing record

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Emmitt Smith is one of the greatest football players ever.

10 years ago yesterday on October 27, 2002, Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smithran for 109 yards on 24 carries to break Walter Payton’s NFL career rushing record of 16,726 in a 17-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Texas Stadium in Irving.

Smith, who the Cowboys selected out of the University of Florida with the 17th pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, ultimately retired with 18,355 yards as a member of the Arizona Cardinals in 2004.

The 5-foot-9, 216 pound Smith, who earned the 1993 AP NFL MVP award and became aPro Football Hall of Famer in 2010, was long considered too small and slow to succeed on the gridiron.

“Emmitt Smith is a lugger, not a runner,” said clowns pocket recruiting “expert” Max Emfinger when a 21-year-old Smith vacated Gainesville. “He’s not fast. He can’t get around the corner. When he falls flat on his face, remember where you heard it first.”

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Memorable sports moment of the week – Michael Jordan officially announces he will return to the NBA as a player with the Washington Wizards

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Michael Jordan continued to play at a high level with the lowly Washington Wizards.

11 years ago today on October 1, 2001, the iconic Michael Jordan officially proclaimed he was returning to play in the NBA for two seasons with the Washington Wizards.

Although it was widely known that Jordan, a five-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) and member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, was planning a return to the hardwood, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and various professional issues, caused the formal announcement to be delayed.

“I am returning as a player to the game I love,” said a then 38-year-old Jordan, who last competed when he propelled the Chicago Bulls to a crown over the Utah Jazz in a remarkable Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. “I am especially excited about the Washington Wizards, and I’m convinced we have the foundation on which to build a playoff-contention team.”

The 10-time NBA scoring champion, who shortly thereafter made his regular season debut on October 30 at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks, continued explaining his choice to the media.

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Memorable sports moment of the week – Orel Hershiser breaks Don Drysdale’s record of 58 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings pitched

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During the autumn of 1988, Orel Hershiser was the biggest star in Tinseltown.

24 years ago yesterday on September 28, 1988, famed Dodgers hurler Orel Hershiserbroke fellow Los Angeles legend Don Drysdale’s record of 58 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by throwing 10 shutout frames in a 2-1 loss to the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.

The then 30-year-old Hershiser, a three-time All-Star who amassed 204 wins, in comparison to 150 losses, with a 3.48 ERA playing 17 seasons for four franchises, eventually ran his remarkable streak to 59 straight innings without yielding a run.

Hershiser’s feat, which began against the Montreal Expos on August 30, 1988, punctuated a campaign that is arguably the greatest ever by produced a pitcher.

The “Bulldog,” who unanimously earned the 1988 National League Cy Young Award, ultimately went 23-8 with a 2.26 ERA.

Amazingly, the current ESPN baseball analyst and professional poker player forPokerStars saved his most memorable work for the month of October.

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Already a jackass, Nick Hogan looks more foolish than ever commenting on Jerry Lawler

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Nick Hogan has no right to discuss Jerry Lawler at this particular time.

After Jerry Lawler suffered a mild heart attack while working as a color commentator earlier this week on Monday Night RawHulk Hogan’s son, Nicktold TMZ that “The King” should consider retiring.

The 62-year-old Lawler, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, who has captured an astounding 168 titles since making his debut in the squared circle in 1970, remains listed in stable condition at a cardiac care unit in Montreal.

Thankfully, several CT scans have shown that Andy Kaufman’s erstwhile “nemesis” has not been afflicted with brain damage.

While Lawler continues recovering, Nick, a 22-year-old ex-convict known for appearing on the reality show Hogan Knows Best, said wrestling “takes a toll” on the human body and “most guys retire around 50ish.”

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Memorable sports moment of the week – New York Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott throws a no-hitter

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Jim Abbott was a truly remarkable athlete.

19 years ago tomorrow on September 4, 1993, New York pitcher Jim Abbott threw the eighth no-hitter in franchise history by stifling a loaded Cleveland Indians lineup in a 4-0 victory at Yankee Stadium.

The masterpiece tossed by Abbott, a southpaw who was born without a right hand, propelled the Bombers into a first-place tie with the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East.

“The last couple of innings, I had these huge goose bumps on my forearms, and the hair on the back of my neck was standing up,” said teammate Don Mattingly, 51, who made the All-Star team on six occasions during his 14 seasons as a Yankee. “Maybe that would have happened with someone else. Maybe I’d have the same feelings. But I think because it was Jim there was a little something extra.”

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Memorable sports moment of the week – Danny Almonte is found to be a teenager

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Danny Almonte was the ultimate ringer.

11 years ago tomorrow on August 26, 2001, the team from Tokyo, Japan, defeated Apopka, Florida, 2-1 to win the 55th Little League World Series at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, rather than for Tokyo’s triumph, that season is recalled for actions by the notorious leaders of the Rolando Paulino Little League All-Stars from the Bronx who pressed a 14-year-old flamethrower named Danny Almonte onto the diamond in a tournament designed for preadolescents.

Nicknamed “the Baby Bombers” for their close proximity to Yankee Stadium, the 5-foot-8 Almonte, a southpaw who threw the equivalent of a 98 mph professional fastball, led the squad representing the Mid-Atlantic to a third-place finish with his absolute dominance on the hill.

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Memorable sports moment of the week – Brock Lesnar becomes the youngest world champion in WWE history

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Brock Lesnar remains a villainous menace in the squared circle.

10 years ago this Saturday on August 25, 2002, Brock Lesnar pinned The Rock to become the youngest world champion in WWE history at the fifteenth annual SummerSlam in front of 14,797 rabid fans at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

In a seesaw scrap, the then 25-year-old Lesnar landed an F-5 to finish the 6-foot-5, 260 pound Hollywood muscleman.

Lesnar, a South Dakotan who was a legendary wrestler at the University of Minnesota, remained the most youthful titleholder until Randy Orton eclipsed his record in 2004.

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