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A Cooperage and the Heisman Trophy
Michael heisman, Cooper and Oilman
John Heisman, Football Coach
Tribute Plaque
The Trophy

Tribute Plaque

In 1984 the Titusvllle School District put a plaque in recognition of Heisman on a native stone monument in a vacant field, then known as Heisman Field.  It is the site of the Middle School now.  Martha Kinnear composed the words for the plaque.  They are quoted here:


Within sight of this marker John W. Heisman spent his boyhood and learned to play football.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1869.  His family moved to Titusville where his father produced barrels for the oil industry.  He was graduated from Titusville High School, the class of 1887. John W. Heisman is considered the greatest pioneer college football coach and is known as the Father of the forward pass, center snap, interference on end runs, hidden ball play, double pass, dividing games into quarters, statistical score board and the quarterback "hike" to initiate plays in his honor.  The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to the outstanding college football player in America.  John W. Heisman died in 1936 and is buried in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.  Plaque and field were dedicated August 31, 1984.

Titusville's tribute plaque to John W. Heisman.  The text is quoted above. 


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