Jameis Winston had no trouble earning enough votes to win the Heisman trophy as a freshman last year. He then went on to lead Florida State to a national championship.
One thing he did not get however, was the Heisman vote of Herschel Walker.
“Before he won the award, there was an accusation of sexual assault. Well, forgive me for saying this, but I didn’t vote for him. I didn’t vote for him because — it had nothing to do with him on the field — when I won the Heisman, I’d hope it stood for more than just me playing football,” Walker told The Paul Finebaum Show. “I hope it stood for me as a person, how I did in school, and me being an athlete. Being an athlete is more than just playing the game. Being an athlete is doing a lot more. I didn’t vote for Jameis because of that. And I may have been wrong for that. But in my opinion, the Heisman Trophy is supposed to mean integrity. At that time, there was not integrity, because of the situation that happened at that time. Today, until his act is cleaned up, I can’t give him my vote. I’ll say it right now, I can’t give him my vote.”
Winston went on to handily win the award over Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron and Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch.
Walker did not say who he voted for last year or who he was considering this year but let it be known that Winston nor Todd Gurley would get his vote right now.
“Same situation with Todd Gurley. Right at this moment today, I can’t give him my vote,” Walker added. “If he comes back and I see a change, then my vote can be there. But at this given time today, I can’t give him my vote.”