The trio — along with other former low-rate Heisman winners — will occupy a table in the back-right of the ballroom, near the bathrooms and a utility closet, and far from TV cameras that would tarnish the grandeur of the event by showing them or where top-flight Heisman winners would have to interact with them.
“Every year I hope it will be different and every year it’s the same. The loser table,” said 2003 Heisman winner Jason White. “Our meals are served last, too, and they’re usually cold. Look, I know I’m not Barry Sanders or Tony Dorsett or whatever, but a little respect would be nice. I don’t think I can listen to Torretta’s pitch about how I should consider buying more life insurance one more time.”
While White feels disrespected by the seating arrangements, 2001 winner Crouch says he’s just happy to be invited.
“I always expect that I won’t get an invite in the mail,” said Crouch. “But every year, it comes. They haven’t thrown away my Heisman portrait either. I honestly have nothing bad to say about the Heisman people. If it wasn’t for the Heisman, I’d be completely forgotten by everyone. Last year, Herschel Walker even talked to me. He asked me to hold his coat, but still. It was a moment I won’t soon forget.”
Torretta says he enjoys the high-quality meal, even if it is cold — “it’s better than the Hamburger Helper I eat most nights” — and enjoys catching up with Chris Weinke, Troy Smith and Rashaan Salaam.
“And I hear this year we have a new guy at our table,” said the former Miami quarterback. “Robert Griffin, III! Last year security told us we weren’t even allowed to look at him and now he’s sitting with us! It’s going to be great.”
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