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Just How Do They Pick Heisman Trophy Winner?

December 19, 1987

In response to Jim Murray's column, "Howls Over the Heisman Voting Nothing New," Murray makes the common mistake of judging the past Heisman balloting based on the player's subsequent performances in the pro ranks.

The trophy is not given to the player who is predicted to do the best in professional football, but rather to the player who has had the most outstanding college performance in that year . By Murray's methodology, the voters would need crystal balls to foresee the professional football superstars.

Time will not be the judge of whether Tim Brown was the proper pick for the Heisman Trophy; Brown's justification lies in his outstanding performance this year.

ASHOK R. GANGOLLI

Los Angeles

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