Thursday, April 14, 2011

Auburn to honor Heisman winners

AUBURN — Auburn will honor Heisman Trophy winners Pat Sullivan (1971), Bo Jackson (1985) and Cam Newton (2010) with statues of their likeness to be placed on the entry plaza on the east side of Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The bronze statues, which are one and a half times life size and weigh more than 1,900 pounds each, were designed and sculpted by Ken Bjorge of Big Fork, Montana. Pedestals for each of the statues will be installed this spring.

A bust of John Heisman has also been commissioned and will be located at near the statues at the east entry plaza. Heisman, for whom the famed trophy is named, was Auburn’s head coach from 1895-99. Auburn is the only school where Heisman coached that also has a Heisman Trophy winner.

The statue unveiling is slated to occur during the 2011-12 academic year.

"Auburn University has a rich Heisman heritage and we felt like it was time to recognize the lasting contributions of our Heisman Trophy winners that span four decades," Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. "The statues on the east side of Jordan-Hare Stadium will forever capture the greatness of Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson and Cam Newton so generations to come will know and understand what these former greats mean to Auburn football."

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