On this day 70 years ago, Minnesota saw its first and only Heisman Trophy winner accept the greatest honor a college football player can have bestowed upon him. Bruce Smith was on his way to New York City to accept his Heisman Trophy on Dec. 7, 1941 - the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, which led to the United States' entry into World War II.
Smith's Heisman Trophy acceptance speech given in New York on this day seven decades ago was inspirational to many. Audio of the speech, which hadn't been heard in years, was uncovered as of late and was featured on KARE-11 in a news report recently.
Smith and his acceptance speech were also featured on an ESPN Outside the Lines segment recently.
Below are the KARE-11 story on Smith and his speech and audio of his speech, with some game footage of his days as a Gopher: