EA Sports asked me to discuss which player should have won the Heisman but did not. Since I run a Florida State site, this choice was easy. Much easier than the first installment.
It's Peter Warrick. In 1999. The Heisman voters penalized Warrick for his extreme bargain shopping, and instead gave Ron Dayne the trophy as a de facto lifetime achievement award.
On September 29, 1999, during Warrick's senior season at Florida State, Warrick and teammate Laveranues Coles went to Dillard's in the Tallahassee Mall and bought $412.38 worth of clothing for $21.40-a discount so large that it is considered shoplifting under Florida law. An off-duty officer saw what happened through a surveillance camera. Warrick, Coles and the clerk, Rachel Myrtil, were arrested for grand theft. On October 22, Warrick pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petty theft in connection with the department store scam. At that year's rivalry game between Florida Gators and Florida State, Gators fans brought Dillard's bags to Florida Field in order to mock Warrick. Florida State won the game, 30 to 23.
At the time of his arrest, Warrick was widely considered the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy with 36 catches for 508 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Following the arrest, Florida State suspended Warrick for two games, since school rules prevented him from playing while charges were pending. The two-game suspension, along with the negative publicity he received in the national media, ended any chance for Warrick to be awarded the Heisman Trophy. At season's end, Warrick was not invited to the award presentation at the Downtown Athletic Club, and finished sixth in the overall voting.
What do you think, FSU fans? I don't think there is any question that he was the best player in the game. Should Warrick have won the trophy?
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