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Dec. 9, 1941: Smith's Heisman Trophy speechMr. Chairman, Mr. President and members of the Downtown Athletic Club, ladies and gentlemen: So much of emotional significance…
It's the 75th anniversary of the Gophers' most recent Heisman Trophy, when Bruce Smith delivered an inspirational speech two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Golden Gopher Bruce Smith boarded a train to New York City intending to pick up a Heisman Trophy. He did that, but not before first lifting his country.
This was merely an annoyance for Alabama, a chance to add another trophy to its overflowing cases. The Crimson Tide did just enough things wrong to give Nick Saban something to complain about over the next month, but in the end it was another dominating victory for the nation's top-ranked team.
At one point, after a crowd gathered by the side of the road, tensions rose and 911 was called.