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Sometimes the best guy actually wins

Has there ever been a more unappealing Heisman Trophy winner than Reggie Bush?

And by unappealing Heisman Trophy winner, to be clear, I mean undeserved, cheating, hands-on-the-cash, eyes-to-the-pros, backward-lateral throwing, Kardashian-loving Heisman Trophy winner.

Dude had agents move his family from San Diego to the L.A. suburbs and import his family to road games so Reggie could focus better. And there were the clothes. And the trips that weren't for football. And the cash.

He was a professional athlete playing against college kids. The Heisman Trust can do what it wants. He's nothing in my book.

And on that note, here's five Heisman winners you don't have to feel bad about liking:

Doc Blanchard, FB, Army (1945) —Blanchard never played professional football, but he was a military hero like few our country has ever seen, from the time he saved a burning jet he was flying from crashing into a village when most would have parachuted out, to the 113 missions he flew in the Vietnam War, including 84 over North Vietnam.

Jim Plunkett, QB, Stanford (1970) —Growing up, all I ever heard from my dad was Plunkett, Plunkett, Plunkett — all lost on a kid that was obsessed with Jim McMahon and Randall Cunningham. But I'm older now and I appreciate what Plunkett, a Mexican-American son of blind parents, had to do to make it, and maybe what pops was trying to get through to me at the time. You don't give up. You work hard. Good things happen.

It should also be noted that my father is a USC grad, so he may not have made it past the first couple of paragraphs.

Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma State (1988) —Because he probably grew up a couple of miles from where you're reading this. Because you might run into him at your local YMCA or Dairy Queen. And because on a football field, he was indestructible.

Charles Woodson, CB, Michigan (1997) —The only defensive player to ever win the Heisman, watching him play in college was pure joy. Dude returned kicks, made cameos on offense and put the clamps on every wide receiver he faced. And speaking of faces, the look on Peyton Manning's when he lost to Woodson ... unforgettable. Even he thought there was no way a defensive guy could ever win. On a side note, Woodson is going to be an NFL Hall of Famer someday.

Oh, and he gave $2 million to the pediatrics division of the U. of Michigan Hospital last year. So there's that.

Tim Tebow, QB, Florida (2007) —I don't understand, for the life of me, why people hate Tebow. Is it because he loves his religion? Because he volunteers massive amounts of his time to the less fortunate? Because he appears to be trying to do the right thing in a world where the norm is to act like a fool? Some of my favorite athletes are not the best guys, I'll admit, but I'll be damned if I ever knock somebody that's trying to help people. Don't remember ever watching him play and feeling like it wasn't worth my time. A special athlete.

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