Posted by: The Matzo Ball | December 12, 2009

Heisman Trophy Mistakenly Awarded To Mark Ingram Instead of Toby Gerhart

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After spending 17 hours on creating this lovely image, Hans Toomer found out that Mark Ingram did not win the Heisman Trophy Award afterall.

Alabama Crimson Tide Mark Ingram gave a Heisman Trophy Award acceptance speech for the ages. Every tear came at the right moment. His words were heartfelt. The sentiment was much appreciated. His “thank yous” were perfectly appropriate. Too bad that his timeless speech given for taking home this ageless trophy is all for naught.

In one of the most crucial mistakes in sports-voting history, Ingram was mistakenly given college football’s top honor, instead of Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, who actually won the award.

“This is an outcry and a shame for not only this program, but for all of college football,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “How could they make an error of this proportion? If nothing else, they should split the award and call it even Steven.”

It was initially reported that Ingram received 227 first-place and 1,304 total votes to Toby Gerhart’s 222 first-place and 1,276 total votes. But officially, Gerhart had the 227 first-place votes and Ingram only had 222, putting Gerhart ahead of Ingram for the 2009 Heisman Trophy Award.

“I can’t top that that speech, nor is my team in the BCS Championship game,” Gerhart said. “But all the tear-jerking speeches in the world won’t get him this trophy. There’s always next year, Mark [Ingram].”


Prior to the Alabama men’s basketball game vs. No. 5 Purdue, an announcement came that Ingram won the prestigious award, which led to an enormous roar from the near sold-out Coleman Coliseum in Alabama.

Thousands of Heisman T-shirts with “Ingram” on it had already been sold. But now, those shirts are just memories of what was all just one big mistake.

“Dude, I could have bought popcorn and candy instead of this T-shirt,” Burt Riley, a longtime Alabama fan said. “C’mon…. c’mon!”

Meanwhile, the original Heisman winner was taken aback but the end result.

“I don’t know what to say,” Ingram said. “To me, this was a team award more than anything else, but to have it taken away from you because of a mistake is wrong. It’s almost as bad as if we were to go undefeated this season and not compete for the BCS Championship. Luckily, that’s never happened before.”

Game Notes:
Alabama and Texas will play in the BCS Championship, but Cincinnati, Boise State and Texas Christian also finished their regular seasons undefeated. Too bad so sad, they are left out of the title game.

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