knapplc wrote:Those guys aren't the best examples. They're a product of on-field production. I'm thinking of the kind of hype where you hang a gi-normous banner of a player on Times Square. (names have been withheld from this post to protect the innocent)
Pump your breaks, kid, that man's an Oregon national treasure. In 2001 Joey Harrington threw for 2,415 yards and 23 touchdowns, the Ducks lost one regular season game and should have been invited to the NC, finishing the year with a dismantling Colorado (how did the winner of the award that year fare against that same Buffaloes team?). Oregon also finished the season with a final ranking of #2 in the country. He was an All American and was the Pac 10 Offensive Player of the year in 2001. Obviously the billboard in Times Square helped Joey get a little more notoriety, but if you're insinuating that Joey's being invited to the Heisman Ceremony was only a product of the hype machine....well, you is nutz.
In fact, I'd say Crouch was more of a product of the hype machine than Joey, as were the Huskers being invited to the NC game having not even won their own conference championship.
Anyway, Joey was for sure a product of his on field production, just as Crouch, or Dorsey was.