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Illinois' 1965 trophy candidate, Grabowski "a lucky guy" to also play for Packers, Bears

Updated: November 4, 2011, 7:02 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Jim Grabowski smiles and shakes his head each year when watching the Heisman Trophy presentation.

Not that the 67-year-old Grabowski wants to sound like an old man, but, well, things were different in his day.

"I get kind of a laugh now," said Grabowski, who played fullback for Illinois from 1963 to 1965. "Now the top-five candidates fly to New York, and you have a weekend and sit there for the announcement. I think I learned by exception. They didn't call me and say, 'You didn't ...

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