Just the 5th Heisman Trophy winner in history, Iowa's Nile Kinnick presciently closed out his acceptance speech with these words: "I'd like to make a comment which, in my mind, is indicative perhaps of the greater significance of football and sports emphasis in general in this country. And that is I thank God I was warring on the gridirons of the Midwest and not on the battlefields of Europe. I can speak confidently and positively that the players of this country would much more, much rather struggle and fight to win the Heisman award than the Croix de Guerre."
Little did anyone know that this golden boy—who eschewed an NFL career in favor of law school!—would soon join the Naval Corps Reserve and wind up dying in a training mission flight at the tender age of 24. Numerous honors followed, including his Hawkeye uniform number being retired, his charter induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, and the renaming of Iowa's hallowed gridiron as Kinnick Stadium. These days, the Cornbelt Comet's legacy is such, and his autographs are so sparse, that even an album page, index card or cut signature can sell for upwards of $5,000.
This bold, confident example, featuring a dramatic flair on the final "k" that extends all the way to the edge, has been officially graded "8" by JSA. It dominates the approximately 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" page, which displays as VG-EX with a tiny edge tear. There is additional light scattered spotting on the opposite side along with Eagles fullback Frank Emmons' signature. Full LOA from JSA.