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December 12, 2006

TSA Saves Another Passenger…

…from a potential terrorist carrying the Heisman Trophy.

Airport security nixes Heisman Trophy

Troy Smith’s Heisman Trophy was shipped home because airport security would not allow the Ohio State quarterback to take it on the plane Tuesday.

Smith wore a black leather jacket with the Heisman insignia on back when he arrived at the airport from New York, where he was presented college football’s most coveted trophy.

Eddie George, the last Buckeye to win the Heisman in 1995, had his trophy get stuck in an airport X-ray machine, losing the tip of its right index finger and bending the middle finger.

“We decided to have it shipped. That’s much easier. How times have changed. Eddie carried it on the plane and put it in the seat next to him,” sports information director Steve Snapp said.

Smith said he didn’t mind.

“No, because Eddie’s finger got bent,” Smith said. “I don’t want that to happen to mine.”

I feel safer. Don’t you?

UPDATE: According to Doug & the Columbus Dispatch, this may not be accurate. It appears he had planned to ship the statue all along, so it was not damaged in the process. That’s what I get for trusting an unreliable blogger AP Sports Writer. Do some fact-checking next time, AP!

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Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:22 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || Trackback URL || Categories: College Football, News, Snark, Terrorism


  1. wow. D-A-N-G-E-R-O-U-S situation averted. Phew!

    If I had a nickel for every time that I was next to someone with a statue and felt uneasy about it…

    Comment by Wilson — December 12, 2006 @ 2:33 pm
  2. [...] Like Brad, I feel much, much safer now that the threat of Heisman-carrying terrorists is being taken seriously. [...]

  3. Brad,

    Maybe not. The Columbus Dispatch has a different story:

    Maybe not. From the Columbus Dispatch:

    Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith returned to Columbus today without his Heisman Trophy, a move designed to ensure the award arrives in one piece, and not a conspiracy by Wolverine-loving airport security, as some have suggested.

    The Associated Press reported that Smith was not allowed to take his trophy on the plane. In fact, Smith didn’t even take the 25-pound bronze statue to the airport.

    Smith had his trophy packed up and shipped before he went to the airport, a school spokesman said.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — December 12, 2006 @ 4:29 pm
  4. I wondered if the TSA still existed. I sent an email in August 06 to try to clarify how I could put my medication in my checked bag. Didn’t want to put my dozen ninty day bottles in luggage. I have never received an answer.

    Comment by VRB — December 12, 2006 @ 6:02 pm

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