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The Heisman Trophy has been awarded to the most outstanding player each year since 1935. The winners of this eminent award carry a legacy. But what happens after the applause fades and the spotlight dims? How do these exceptional athletes leverage their newfound fame and fortune to effect positive change?

Recently, an Instagram reel posted by The Heisman Trophy Trust sparked a conversation about the importance of giving back. Many prominent faces in the reel discussed this matter, presenting their point of view. 

Heisman trophy winners on the importance of giving back

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In the Instagram reel, a question was posed to past Heisman Trophy winners: “Why do you think it’s important for athletes to give back?”. Their answers were more than words; they displayed the values they personify beyond the football field. George Rogers, a former Heisman winner, stated, “Don’t make it on your own”. His words emphasized the role of athletes as more than just sports figures but as role models with the potential to make a significant impact on their communities.

The reel also featured other former Heisman winners – Robert Griffin III (Baylor, 2011), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma, 2017), Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007), and Matt Leinart (USC, 2004). Dressed in their respective college jerseys, these esteemed athletes candidly expressed their views on giving back to their communities and inspiring future generations.

Their thoughts on using their fame and resources to serve society are inspiring. It’s heartening to see these accomplished athletes recognizing the power of their platforms and using them to make a positive impact. This not only sets a beautiful example for future athletes but also makes certain that this legacy of giving back continues to thrive in the hands of the next generation.

Heisman trophy winner’s contributions to society

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George Rogers has made significant contributions to society through the George & Melodie Rogers Foundation. The foundation is committed to supporting the Fresno youth community and other community programs, whereas Robert Griffin III established a foundation that strives to support programs benefiting underprivileged youth, struggling military families, and victims of domestic violence.

Baker Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma in 2017, and his wife, Emily, launched the Baker & Emily Foundation. This aims to provide programs, scholarships, and philanthropic opportunities to help others tackle life’s challenges. Tim Tebow actively works to bring faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. Discussing Matt Leinart, this man has been involved in several charitable causes which support underprivileged children through sports and education programs.

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In light of these inspiring stories, how do you think athletes can use their platforms to make a difference? What role do you believe sports figures play in shaping our communities and the next generation?

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