NEW YORK -- Nobody really knows where it started. The nickname, of course. Johnny Football.
There will be those who will claim to have come up with it. If they have good enough lawyers, maybe they can even squeeze some money out of the intellectual light bulb that allegedly went off above their head. But for now the label is as simple and sweeping and limitless as the plains of central Texas.
Johnny Football. Almost 145 years of college football and no one had ever thought of it. At least this one, to this extent where it became part of the national consciousness. It is more than a charming label for what might be the nation's best player as the 78th Heisman Trophy is about to be awarded here Saturday night.