NEW YORK —
The two hadn’t had much time for sightseeing yet, but they did walk around Times Square some, saying hello to a few fans. They probably weren’t too difficult to spot in their team issued warm-up gear.
“We’ve just been talking about goofy stuff. Playing video games. Playing Galaga. Just some things from back in the day. Messing around with each other,” Manziel said. “Kind of seeing who is going to take more pictures. He’s definitely taking that award right now.”
Te’o is already going to need a huge trophy case to house his haul from this week.
He has won six major awards, including the Maxwell as national player of the year. He’ll try to become Notre Dame’s eighth Heisman winner and first since Tim Brown in 1987.
“I can only imagine how I would feel if I win the Heisman,” he said.
Charles Woodson of Michigan in 1997 is the closest thing to a true defensive player winning the Heisman. Woodson was a dominant cornerback, but he also returned punts and played a little receiver. That helped burnish his Heisman credentials.
Te’o is all linebacker. He leads the top-ranked Fighting Irish with 103 tackles and seven interceptions.
Klein was the front-runner for the Heisman for a good chunk of the season, but he played his worst game late in the season — in a loss at Baylor — and the momentum Manziel gained by leading Texas A&M to victory at Alabama has been tough to stop.
Manziel’s numbers are hard to deny. He set a Southeastern Conference record with 4,600 total yards, throwing for more than 3,000 and rushing for more than 1,000.
Klein, by comparison, averages about 100 fewer total yards per game (383-281) than Manziel.
A freshman has never won the Heisman. Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson came closest in 2004, finishing second by Southern California’s Matt Leinart.