Heisman Trophy class has strong faith overtones

The five players comprising the 2009 Heisman Trophy class have a blend of talents with clear Christian overtones.

Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow and Mark Ingram are three of the five players who will be invited to New York on Saturday for the trophy presentation.

Texas quarterback McCoy will lead the Longhorns into the BCS National Championship game against Ingram’s Alabama Crimson Tide. McCoy has a strong background in personal ministry from mission trips to Peru and has been led by a strong faith background to emerge as one of the nation’s most prolific quarterbacks.

Ingram, a sophomore, put on a dazzling three-touchdown display in last week’s Southeastern Conference championship game win over Tebow’s Florida Gators. His background, too, is supported by his family’s strong Christian influence. It has been a key factor in his success against the backdrop of his father Mark, Sr., who was a wide receiver for the New York Giants and is currently in prison.

Tebow is bidding to become only the second two-time Heisman winner and the first since Ohio State’s Archie Griffin in the 1970s. His faith background is well-documented. Tebow’s father is a longtime evangelical missionary to the Philippines. The quarterback’s own faith expressions from press interviews to multiple mission trips of his own have established him as a powerful example of faith on action in the pub;ic spotlight.

The class is rounded out by Stanford running back Toby Gerhart and Nebraska defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. Gerhart led the Pac-10 in rushing with a bruising straightforward style which punished would-be tacklers. Suh had 12 sacks for the Cornhuskers and was an unstoppable force in the Big XII Championship Game in which Texas narrowly defeated Nebraska on a field goal as time expired.

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