New York City, NY - Dressed in his scarlet and grey finest, Troy Smith proudly accepted the New York City Athletic Club's Heisman Trophy Saturday evening at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square.
Smith accepted the trophy by thanking God, Coach Tressel, Mom, sister, high school teachers, high school coaches, and "The gods up front" a.k.a Ohio State's offensive linemen.
Troy Smith easily out scored Notre Dame's king, Brady Quinn, and Arkansas' prince Darren McFadden. Smith pulled more points than last year's Heisman holder, Reggie Bush.
A Cleveland, Ohio native, Smith hopes he can continue to be a roll model to those less fortunate and anyone who has a dream. Smith told the crowd that he learned how to be man, from a real man, Coach Ginn of Glenville High School.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's response:
"On behalf of all Clevelanders, I congratulate Troy Smith on his selection
as this year's Heisman Trophy winner. Mr. Smith has brought honor to
Cleveland and Glenville High School. He and his teammates from Glenville
and other local high schools demonstrate the best in student athletes. We
can all learn from his "team-first" approach to football and to life. I am
happy to proclaim "Wednesday, December 13, 2006, as Troy Smith Day in the
City of Cleveland."
Troy Smith was also named winner of the "Walter Camp Player of The Year" award. Smith is the third player from O-S-U to win the award, joining Archie Griffin, a two-time winner, and Eddie George. The Buckeye QB is fourth in the nation in passing rating and has 30 touchdown passes.
Smith also won the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback, beating out fellow Heisman Trophy finalist Brady Quinn of Notre Dame.