PHILADELPHIA - As an added bonus this year, the Penn football programs will be displaying Heisman and Outland trophies that have been given to the school in recent years. In both cases, the trophies are named after men who played and/or coached at the University of Pennsylvania.
Both trophies will be on display beginning three hours before home football games in the George A Weiss Pavilion atrium, located outside the Northwest corner of Franklin Field. They will be on display until halftime of each game.
Established in 1935, the Heisman Trophy has been given every year since to "the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity." One of the most recognizable trophies in all of college sports, the award was named after John Heisman, who played and coached football at the University of Pennsylvania. As a player, he was on teams that went a combined 22-5 in 1890 and 1891, and as the Quakers' head coach from 1920-22 he compiled a 16-10-2 record. Heisman -- who also served as head coach at Oberlin, Akron, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Washington & Jefferson, and Rice during his career -- was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1954.
Established in 1946, the Outland Trophy is annually presented to the college football player deemed to be the nation's best interior lineman. It is named after John Outland, who was twice named All-America as a player at the University of Pennsylvania (1897 as a tackle, 1898 as a halfback). In three seasons at Penn, Outland played on teams that went a combined 35-4-2; that included the 1897 team that finished the season 15-0 and was declared national champions. Outland was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 2001.