New Effort to Build Heisman Statue in Titusville Moves Forward
(TITUSVILLE. P.A. - WICU/WSEE/CW) – The idea is to place a wooden statue of Heisman in the corner of the end zone at Titusville’s historic Carter Field.
There are several plaques honoring the former player and student- in and around the stadium, but this recent push comes ahead of Heisman’s 150th birthday on Oct 23.
“For us, it's just about what fact is, and what the truth is, and we want everyone to recognize regardless." said Titusville native John Endres
Heisman played varsity football at Titusville from 1884 to 1886. From there, we went on to become an accomplished basketball, football and baseball coach. Most notably, he legalized the “forward pass” in football, and has college football’s most prestigious award, the “Heisman Trophy” named in his honor.
He was inducted as a coach into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.
And Endres, along with Titusville High School Head Football Coach Bryan Baldwin, are leading the movement to build the statue in his honor.
The statue would be in shape of the famous "Heisman pose" which sits atop the trophy.
The two men, along with local historian, David Weber, addressed the Titusville School District Board on Monday night.
Endres and Weber believe the general community should be more aware of Heisman’s local and national impact, and the statue will help with that.
"Just everything he's done for the game of football, and there's a lot of people that don't even know that he came to Titusville or went to school at Titusville." Baldwin said
According to Superintendent Karen Jez, the school district supports Baldwin and Endres’ mission.
But Jez tells Erie News Now, they will need to receive permission from the Heisman Trophy Trust to use Heisman’s likeness, they'll also need to contact Heisman’s family for approval.
While it could be a lengthy process, we're told it's all worth it.