|Sponsor||Rep. Thompson, Glenn|
|Committee||Education and Labor|
|Date||July 13, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Ja'Ron Smith|
H.Con.Res. 123 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) May 12, 2009.
H.Con.Res. 123 would resolve that Congress:
• "Recognizes the significance, the importance, and many contributions John Heisman had on its development of one of America's most beloved sports--football;
• "Praises Heisman's efforts in helping to establish the most valuable player award for college football, which eventually would be named for him; and
• "Acknowledges Heisman's innovative and influential coaching techniques and strategies, as well as his legendary leadership on and off of the football field."
According to the resolution findings, born in 1869, John W. Heisman was an early and influential developer of the game of football. Heisman is credited with inventing the forward pass, games consisting of four quarters, the center snap, and he created plays that were precursors to the T and I formations. John Heisman was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.