Today’s trivia question: How many players have won both the Heisman Trophy and the Super Bowl MVP?
Answer: An incredibly measly four individuals. That makes nabbing those two awards harder than winning an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, for those of you who don’t watch “30 Rock”). Even 12 singing/dancing sensations have managed that, tripling this Heisman/MVP quartet:
Roger Staubach – 1963 Heisman with Navy, Super Bowl VI with Cowboys
Jim Plunkett — 1970 Heisman with Stanford, Super Bowl XV with Raiders
Marcus Allen – 1981 Heisman with USC, Super Bowl XVIII with Raiders
Desmond Howard – 1991 Heisman with Michigan, Super Bowl XXXI with Packers
Now, which of the two awards is more meaningful?
According to Howard, it’s impossible to choose.
“It’s like having twins,” said Howard, in New York earlier this week for the College Football Hall of Fame Awards dinner. “It just wouldn’t be right to favor one over the other.”
But the choice was simple when asked which of the awards is easier to maintain.
“Definitely the Heisman, because the MVP trophy is a lot of work to keep clean,” said Howard, who keeps both trophies displayed in the living room of his Miami area home. “It comes from Tiffany’s and they give you special gloves just to touch it. You have to keep that thing shined up.”
Howard will also be on hand Saturday for the Heisman announcement, which he believes will easily go to Auburn’s Cam Newton.
“Whatever his dad might have done off the field has nothing to do with the kid’s performance on the gridiron,” said Howard. “I don’t think there’s another player who has performed close to as well as he has this season.”
Howard also has a clear-cut favorite for whom he thinks will take home that other piece of hardware this year in the Super Bowl.
“I have to go with my fellow Michigan guy, Tom Brady,” said Howard. “That was just a butt-kicking against the Jets this week. He looks unstoppable.”