Dexter Heyman earns Howard Schnellenberger Award

Former University of Louisville coach Howard Schnellenberger gets together with Dexter Heyman prior to the Paul Hornung Award ceremonies.

Mike Ditka, better known as “Iron Mike” to his associates in the NFL, had an urgent plea for Dexter Heyman during the Paul Hornung Award ceremonies Thursday at the Galt House.

Mike Ditka

“Young man, if you don’t carry on in professional football, get your ass into politics,” said the former coach of the Chicago Bears. “We need people like you in public office.”

Heyman, who played defensive linebacker at the University of Louisville, was the recipient of the Howard Schnellenberger Award which is presented to the outstanding player in the annual U of L-Kentucky football game. He had four tackles and four tackle assists and forced a fumble in U of L’s 24-17 win.

Before accepting the award, the well-spoken Heyman had described the unselfish atmosphere in the U of L football program, the emphasis on academics and the importance of applying lessons learned in football and school to life.

Dexter Heyman

Defensive Coordinator Vance Bedford introduced Heyman in his own inimitable way, describing Heyman as a rock solid citizen who will do well in whatever he chooses to do. He also promised the packed Archibald Cochran Room that Louisville would never relinquish the Howard Schnellenberger trophy.

The Paul Hornung Award for college football’s most versatile player during the 2011 season went to Brandon Boykin of the University of Georgia.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

7 thoughts on “Dexter Heyman earns Howard Schnellenberger Award

  • February 3, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Another Male Bulldog becomes a Louisville Cardinal Great! Go Dawgs!

  • February 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Congratulations to Dexter. He will always be a favorite Cardinal of mine for enduring the SK debacle.

  • February 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Great positive story on the Cards!

    • February 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      We will be closing out a great football season at about that time so, no, we won’t be going to see a basketball tournament out on some island. We warm up to basketball in about mid-December.

      • February 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm

        Not so fast there, Observer, don’t I get a say in this? SteveKo, stay tuned…… Go Cards!

  • February 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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