Auburn students gave Ed Marinaro 2nd Place Heisman Trophy in 1971

“I should have won it, not him.”

That’s what Ed Marinaro, a running back for mighty Cornell (and future “Hill Street Blues” star), said during a nationally-televised ABC Sports special that aired just days after Pat Sullivan won the 1971 Heisman Trophy. Marinaro was runner-up. Auburn students felt sorry for him.

They gave him something to make him feel better.

The trophy was displayed at J&M Bookstore for several weeks, and a photo of it was used to introduce the “Honors” section of that year’s Glomerata.

Photo from the 1972 Glomerata.

IT’S PAT SULLIVAN HEISMAN 40TH ANNIVERSARY COMING BACK TO JORDAN-HARE WEEK HERE AT TWER: Read Kenny Smith’s sit-down interview with Super Sully, then listen to the 1971 hit song “The Legend of Pat Sullivan.”

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