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The man in Heisman

As a coach, John Heisman helped introduce football as we know it with key innovations

Updated: October 7, 2011, 9:13 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

The Ivy League produced three Heisman winners back in the day, as we profiled in these pages last week.

But perhaps the most famous product of the Ivies to have his name etched on the trophy is John Heisman himself.

Born in Cleveland in 1869, the bronze's namesake played on the gridiron for Brown and Penn before going on to coach football at several colleges between 1892 and 1927 -- starting at Oberlin, in Ohio, and graduating to Auburn and Clemson.

His longest tenure, however, ...

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