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News flash: Trent Richardson did not win the Heisman

By Tim Graham

Hey, guess what.

Trent Richardson did not win the Heisman Trophy.

I know this, although you wouldn't notice by reading my stories from Sunday on the Buffalo Bills' game against the Cleveland Browns. Throughout the day and night, I made references to Richardson, the rookie Browns running back, being the Heisman winner from Alabama.

He actually did go to Alabama. I got that part right. And the Bills' defense did snuff him Sunday. That also was true.

But Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy, the Hobey Baker Award of college football.

I'm sorry for the repeated errors.

Like people who say "pacifically" or "supposably" or "could of," I have a tendency to confuse the star of a given year's national championship team with the Heisman winner. I used to do the same with Vince Young in 2005 and Al Gore in 2000.

So to make sure I don't make the same Richardson mistake again I will write the following sentence 500 times in my Trapper Keeper:

Trent Richardson did not win the Heisman Trophy for 2011.

I regret the mistakes. Thank you for your patience.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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