Wouldn’t it be interesting if there were an award that “annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The winners of the trophy [would] epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.’’

Would Cam Newton, who left Florida early in his career amid stolen-laptop charges and who later was the subject of an investigation into whether his father received cash when Newton transferred, be eligible?

Would Johnny Manziel, a seemingly incorrigible carouser who used a fake ID and was arrested in a bar fight, be eligible?

Would Jameis Winston, who was cited for shoplifting crab legs at a supermarket but cleared of sexual-assault allegations, be eligible?

Not on my ballot.

But guess what? There is an award for a player who exhibits excellence with integrity, who combines great ability with diligence, perseverance and hard work.

That quote in the first paragraph comes from its Mission Statement.

It’s called the Heisman Trophy.

And Newton (Auburn, 2010), Manziel, (Texas A&M, 2012) and Winston (Florida State, 2013) all won it.

I guess everyone is entitled to their own interpretation of integrity.

I bring this up because. . . here we are again. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.