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During a quiet moment, Lamar Jackson finds a secluded spot in the College Football Hall of Fame and drapes himself across a set of small stairs. Puma Sko Dame Rihanna . He starts to flip through his phone, looking just like any other teenager passing the time. Is he nervous about the week ahead?Nah, why would I be nervous? Louisvilles breakout star QB asks. Ill just be happy if my name is called.Jackson certainly looks calm and relaxed the day before the Home Depot College Football Awards in Atlanta. Those around him? Not so much. Before the show begins Thursday night, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino resorts to asking media members, So is he going to win the Heisman?It is three days until the Heisman Trophy ceremony, and nobody around Jackson -- his family, Petrino, athletic director Tom Jurich and some support staff -- has any idea whether he will hold on to the lead he built over the course of the season.The only one not sweating is Jackson. That does not change the next day, when he wakes up at 6 a.m. to fly to New York. Neither does it change during his Heisman media interviews nor on a trip with the finalists to Times Square and especially not on a bus ride through the city that evening.When the bus pulls up to Rockefeller Center for a photo opportunity with the famous Christmas tree, the wind is gusting and the temperature hovers near 30 degrees. Jackson wears a big red jacket and starts to slip on a thin pair of black gloves.Look at you with those gloves! jokes fellow Heisman finalist?Jabrill Peppers, who grew up in New Jersey and plays in Michigan. Peppers wears only a hooded sweatshirt, no jacket.The cold has players scrambling to get back on the bus as quickly as possible. But Jackson has one more request.Group picture, Jackson saysAfter some grumbles from the other finalists, all the families eventually gather for one shot. Once again, even the best college football players in the country are chasing Jackson. And the sophomores remarkable ride has only just begun.SATURDAYThe day starts at 9 a.m. Jackson wears khakis and a blue sweater vest over a plaid shirt. Asked how he slept before the biggest night of his life, Jackson says, I slept great!At breakfast, he orders a plate full of eggs and bacon, a two-stack of pancakes and multiple cups of his favorite drink, orange juice. Never coffee. Hes not a fan.I usually eat cereal every morning, Jackson says. His favorite is Cinnamon Toast Crunch.Jackson only gets a chance to take a few bites of his food. A swarm of fans begins a breakfast-long parade to meet the man they think will win the Heisman. Jackson signs hats and talks about having the braces on his top teeth removed to help him speak more clearly and smile more. The bottom braces remain on.Im going to get them put back on eventually, Jackson says. But I was mumbling too much with them on, so we took them off.Its time for a walk-through at the PlayStation Theatre, where the Heisman ceremony will be held. Jackson stands alone in between rows of chairs, looking intently at all the pictures of the Heisman winners hanging around the room. The others walk around, but Jackson stays firmly planted, clearly in awe. He finds the painting of Cam Newton, which hasnt yet made its way onto the wall.Can you take my picture? he asks a videographer from Louisville, handing over his phone. Jackson smiles big, then looks at the picture, unsatisfied. Not good enough. He asks for another.The finalists gather on stage and are given detailed instructions about how the ceremony will go, from where they should sit to where the winner will give his acceptance speech. The shows producer offers the opportunity to practice at the podium but Jackson passes.Back at the hotel later, Jackson takes a final in a course on serial murderers from Louisvilles department of justice administration. Jackson learned about the likes of Ted Bundy and others.Serial killers?Jackson shrugs, saying hes interested in why the killers did what they did. Its his last final of the semester, and by far the most morbid.Jackson arrives at the hospitality suite on the 45th floor of the Marriott Marquis wearing what will become a headline-grabbing ensemble: a red blazer with black lapels and a belt and shoes combo that features cartoon eyes.Wait, eyes?Whats the only thing you see when you look at me with my helmet on? Jackson asks in response to a question about the shoes. My cousin got them for me at the mall.The jacket comes courtesy of Jessica Cushing, an assistant in the Louisville football office who helped Jackson with all his clothes for the week.There was a black one, Jackson says. And then they brought this one, and I said, Im getting that one.He also catches eyes, specifically Charles Woodsons, for going sock-less.?I dont wear socks with loafers! he says.As the ceremony quickly approaches, Jackson waits in the green room with the other finalists while guests file into the PlayStation Theatre. The audible buzz in the building is overtaken, though, when the classical hip-hop duo Black Violin begins to play Rae Sremmurds Black Beatles and other hits. Jackson comments several times about how much he loves the band.As the show begins, Jacksons mother, Felicia Jones, sits stoically -- she says she feels no nerves, even now. Van Warren, who began training Jackson at age 8, isnt as calm. When its time for the announcement, he grips Jurichs leg as tightly as he can.The gravity of it all begins to show on Jackson, too. As cool as hed been all week, he admits that just before the winner is announced, his heart is racing.And the winner is ... Lamar Jackson.As he goes up to accept the trophy, all the emotions he has held in come flowing out in a spontaneous show of joy that betrays nearly every line written on the speech notes hes holding.He repeatedly says, This is crazy, man, as the former Heisman winners behind him nod and give him words of encouragement. The speech is a little more than 5 minutes long, with Jacksons genuine surprise and disbelief front and center.When he leaves the stage, the Louisville section can finally exhale. Petrino accepts an assembly line of congratulatory handshakes, while Jones is told by one man what a great job shed done raising her son. And Warren? Anybody have any oxygen? he jokes.The clock is nearing 10 p.m. by the time Jackson gets back to the hotel, where an upgrade to a suite on the 45th floor is waiting for him.His mom and Warren join him, as do his uncle and cousins, who made the trip up from South Florida. They order chicken wings and mozzarella sticks while Jackson poses for pictures with his snazzy outfit in the suite. He stands in the doorway to the bedroom, puts his hands in his pockets and pulls out his speech -- hed forgotten that it was in there. But hes hung up on the quality of the pictures.Hold on, he says, and goes to the bathroom to fix his hair.When he comes back, he realizes the lighting is too dim, so he goes near the windows in the front room. Not good there, either. Jackson settles on a spot closer to the door. His phone keeps ringing, and he keeps saying, Nobody needs to be calling me right now!But the calls keep coming. Jackson ignores them and continues to take pictures. Jones sits at a table on the other side of the room, talking with her relatives.Yall are acting like you dont want to eat these chicken wings, Warren says.Finally, people start to dig into the food. Deshaun Watson and Baker Mayfield stop by to offer their congratulations. So does Johnny Manziel, who posts a picture to Instagram of the two hanging out. As usual, Johnny Footballs social media presence provokes an outpouring of concern about the former A&M star. Jackson is annoyed so many people assumed the worst from that one photo.All he did was wish me nothing but the best, told me to enjoy college, Jackson says. It was nothing big.The night of celebration is contained to just the suite, exactly the way Jackson wanted it. Family and friends linger until 3 a.m. before Jackson turns in for the night.SUNDAYIn the morning, Jackson doesnt even make it to the buffet before a mother with a baby girl stops him.Shes your youngest fan! she says. The mom gives Jackson the baby to hold. The girl just stares at him. Jackson waves at her, prompting a smile. They smile together for a photo. Jackson is relieved because he says the last baby he held cried.Jackson spends breakfast fending off people who cant believe the Heisman winner is at the same buffet they are. One woman blurts out she just has to call her father-in-law, a Louisville grad ... before wondering aloud, How do I call him? She had forgotten how to dial the phone in her hand.Jackson finally sits down to his stack of pancakes and orange juice and bows his head to pray before eating. The events of the past 24 hours have yet to sink in.Its still crazy, man, he says.He talks about a key moment in his speech, when he disclosed for the first time that he also lost his great-grandmother to cancer -- on the same day his father passed away.That day right there was so hard, Jackson says. But my mom, she wouldnt let me cry. I had to be strong.Jackson manages a few bites of pancakes, leaving the fruit cup untouched. After checking his phone again (too many text messages to count), Jackson walks up to Heisman headquarters.This mornings task: autograph 250 footballs that are waiting for him. Hes surrounded by other Heisman royalty, all signing footballs too. Pete Dawkins, who won the Heisman in 1958 at Army, gives Jackson a hug and says, Keep smiling! Charlie Ward (Florida State, 93) and Johnny Rodgers (Nebraska, 72) quietly sign in one corner of the room.A voice booms from the room entrance. Good morning, my brother! Youll be signing the rest of your life! Its 1978 Heisman winner Billy Sims (Oklahoma).Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 96) stops signing and introduces himself. Eric Crouch (Nebraska, 2001) comes in. So do Eddie George (Ohio State, 95) and Tim Brown (Notre Dame, 87). You sleep last night young man? Brown asks.He didnt realize he had balls to sign! George says with a laugh.Jackson gets about three-quarters done before heading over to CBS studios, where he appears on multiple shows through the early afternoon. When Bill Cowher gets done offering him words of encouragement, Tony Gonzalez teases him and asks, So youre going to win the Heisman twice?Just before the cars pull up to take him back to the hotel, Jackson sits in a green room and his phone rings. Its teammate Alphonso Carter offering some encouragement ... in the form of goat noises. Jackson laughs hysterically as Carter yells Baaa! into the phone. Carters point: Jackson is the GOAT -- the greatest of all time.Back at the hotel, Jackson goes through the freight entrance and up to the 45th floor for a tuxedo fitting for the Heisman dinner on Monday night. A row of shirts and jackets hangs from a rack near the window, with shoes of all different sizes scattered nearby. A tailor measures up Jackson and asks him to change in the bathroom. When he comes out, Jackson says he feels good in the tux, then goes to the floor-length mirror to look at the complete ensemble. Warren, wearing Jacksons No. 8 Louisville jersey, waits in the room with him. Hes next.As soon as Jackson changes back into his clothes, he walks down the hall to find some food. The surreal trip continues, as Jackson almost runs over Doug Flutie, the 1984 Heisman winner. They embrace and shake hands, and Flutie offers some familiar words: Keep smiling!After a private dinner at Battery Park, Jackson is ready for bed. One more day in the greatest weekend of his life.MONDAYThe morning starts with a surprise. As Jackson gets out of the car for an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, a reporter from TMZ with a handheld video camera stops him to ask a few questions. He asks about Manziel. Jackson brushes away the question, saying Manziel was a cool guy and that he wishes him the best.Hes asked again about Manziel by Patrick and shrugs it off like an off-balance backup linebacker. After his spot, Jackson heads to the green room, where he randomly runs into Kentucky mens basketball coach John Calipari. They pose for a picture. That was exciting the other night, Calipari says.Yes, sir, Jackson says.We gotta come there next Wednesday, Calipari says about his upcoming game against Rick Pitino and the Cards. My team is so bad right now, oh my God. I usually have Christmas before we play each other.Jackson laughs.I wish you well, Calipari says. Enjoy watching you.They shake hands and Jackson is off for a visit to the Kravis Childrens Hospital at Mount Sinai on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He meets a few patients in a small studio, then heads upstairs to do a Google Hangout with other hospitals in the region. The kids may have the best questions Jackson answered all weekend.How much does the trophy weigh? one asks.A lot more than 25 pounds, he says with a laugh.I wonder if you could jump over a Syracuse defender holding that trophy instead of a football, a father says. That was an amazing play.Hey Lamar, another father says. My daughter is 20 months old, but my wife says shes too young to do drills. How old were you when you first started?Jackson chuckles. I was 8, so shes probably too young.After the visit, Jackson heads back to the hotel for a quick burger and fries, then does a photo shoot wearing his red No. 8 jersey. These photos will be used to paint his Heisman portrait, ready in time for the 2017 ceremony. Jackson poses straight on, then to the left, then to the right and hes done. The iconic picture will be on the wall forever, and the shoot takes roughly five minutes.Only a few hours remain until he is officially welcomed to the Heisman fraternity at a gala dinner inside the Marriott Marquis, Jacksons home since Friday. Jackson emerges from his suite at 5 p.m. wearing his tuxedo, phone in hand.For an hour straight, Jackson poses for photos with event sponsors, Louisville supporters and a few fellow Heisman winners, then hes whisked away for a cocktail hour with former Heisman winners. Mike Garrett grabs him first. Jackson spends a few minutes helping the 1965 Heisman winner from USC figure out how to find the camera and take pictures on his phone.My wife said I have to take pictures, Garrett says. Ive got twin 12-year-old boys and they will love you.The parade of college football royalty has only just begun, though. Desmond Howard (Michigan, 91) comes by to say hello. Gary Beban (UCLA, 67) carries over some more footballs for Jackson to sign. Rodgers strikes the Heisman pose with him. Warrick Dunn, who won the Heisman Humanitarian Award a few years ago, shakes his hand and says, Youre tall. And skinny!Archie Griffin (Ohio State, 74 and 75) is next, and he sits down on a chair next to Jackson and leans forward so no one can hear. They sit that way for a while before Griffin leaves. Perhaps he offered words of advice about trying to repeat as a Heisman winner? Nah, Jackson says, without going into any detail.Troy Smith (Ohio State, 06) appears. Welcome to the family! he says. They embrace. Smith is being honored for the 10th anniversary of his Heisman season, and he has the line of the night later on.Before that happens, though, the 15 former Heisman winners in attendance pose for a group picture with Jackson and the trophy.Say Lamar! the photographer says.Dinner is about to begin. Nearly 1,000 people sit in a giant ballroom, and the Syracuse marching band is there to provide the music. The former Heisman winners file in to take their seats on the dais. Jackson joins Petrino, Jurich and several others at a long table on stage.When its time for Smith to talk, he discusses making the right choices and hard lessons learned when mistakes are made. Then he turns his attention to Jackson.You deserve this award. Smith says, sharing a story about watching the Florida State game with a chicken wing in one hand and his daughter on his other knee. He made a play, and I popped my daughter off my knee and dropped my chicken wing, Smith says.Everyone in the ballroom laughs.Jurich gets a turn, and so does Petrino. Jackson goes up to the podium to talk one final time. He credits his mother, his coaches, his teammates and the Heisman winners around him. He finishes, then shakes the hand of every Heisman winner.In a few moments, hes offstage with Petrino. Theyve got a midnight flight home to catch. Bowl practice begins Wednesday, and the actual Heisman Trophy will arrive soon after.Jackson said in his speech that he was going to keep it at his moms house, but Felicia has other plans. She doesnt want to take any chances with it at the house, so she proposes putting it in a vault.Jackson doesnt object. He still cant wipe that This is crazy, man look off his face. Rihanna Puma Norge . Woodson said during a radio interview Thursday that the Knicks Carmelo Anthony doesnt get the same calls as other superstars. Puma Sko Suede Classic .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Kevin Porter and defenceman Chad Ruhwedel from the minors as part of a five-player roster shuffle made by the NHLs worst team. http:///...ma-heart-patent.html . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human.Expectations were high for the 2015-16 rookie class after the NFL Draft in Chicago last April with a number of high impact players expected to make their way into the professional ranks. As always with college players stepping up to the NFL, the results proved to be a mixed bag. There were some big winners and some high-profile drafting mistakes.Here we offer our opinion on the best five picks and the five who might want to work a little harder ahead of their second season in the league. Live free agency updates All the latest news of the comings and goings Top fiveTodd Gurley (St Louis - RB) - pick 10 (229 carries, 1,106 yards, 10 TDs. 21 catches, 188 yards) Todd Gurley scores a 71-yard touchdown run against the San Francisco 49ers Gurley was one of the 2015 NFL Drafts biggest risk-reward picks, thanks to a serious knee injury he suffered playing for Georgia in the college ranks, and the bravery of the Rams picking him so early looks like paying off in spades.He missed the first three games of last season as he continued his fitness crusade, and had only nine yards on six carries in his NFL debut, but his career would take off in the next four games as he piled up 566 yards and three touchdowns.Some defences caught up with him later in the season, but a rookie campaign of 1,106 rushing yards and 10 scores bodes well for Gurleys future, should he avoid injury. Hes a candidate to top the league in rushing next season when the Rams restart life in Los Angeles, but only if they can find some other offence to take the focus away from him.Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay - QB) - pick 1 (312 pass completions, 4,042 yards, 22 TDs, 15 INT. 54 carries, 213 yards, 6 TDs) Jameis Winston throws his first NFL touchdown With the first pick of the NFL Draft comes great responsibility - and the Florida State product certainly managed that in his first season, thankfully making his headlines on the pitch rather than off it.Winston and Marcus Mariota, the second pick in 2015, had fairly similar seasons but the Buccaneers quarterback was more durable and just about edged the Tennessee Titans QB in terms of results as he posted franchise records for a rookie quarterback in passing yards and touchdowns.The 22-year-old looks to have an exciting future ahead of him but he could do with an extra weapon out wide, and perhaps wants to cut down on the more avoidable mistakes if he is to improve on the 6-10 record from his rookie season.Marcus Peters (Kansas City - CB) - pick 18 (60 total tackles, 8 INTs, 26 passes defended) Marcus Peters celebrates after defending against a pas The defensive rookie of the year proved a superb first-round pick for the Chiefs, slotting into their defence from day one and ending the season tied with Cincinnatis Reggie Nelson for the league lead on eight interceptions.His career started in sensational fashion when he picked off Houstons Brian Hoyer on his first career snap, and he also counted the likes of Peyton Manning (twice) and Derek Carr among his interception victims.Peters was highly-rated coming out of the University of Washington, but the Chiefs might not have expected such an early impact and it might not be long before he is being talked about in the class of Josh Norman and Darrelle Revis.Tyler Lockett (Seattle - WR) - pick 69 (51 receptions, 664 yards, 6 TDs. 33 kick returns, 852 yards, 1 TD) Watch Russell Wilson hit rookie Tyler Lockett for this 43-yard touchdown Speed, speed and more speed was what the Seahawks expected when they drafted Lockett in the third round last year - they certainly got that, but you have to wonder whether they thought he would turn into the receiver he became as the season wore on.Lockett proved to be a spark plug from week one, most of his early damage coming on kick and punt returns with his first return touchdown coming straight away against the St Louis Rams.The receiving game took a little longer to develop, but by the end of 2015 he and Doug Baldwin had emerged as a dangerous wideout pairing, and Russell Wilson looked in their direction often. While Baldwin took many of the plaudits, scoring 10 touchdowns in four games in one spell, Lockett might be the receiver to follow in Seattle for many years to come.Thomas Rawls (Seeattle - RB) - undrafted (144 carries, 830 yards, 4 TDs) Highlights ofThomas Rawls performance against Cincinnati Bengals Who? That was the question on many lips when Rawls made his breakthrough in week three of the regular season, coming in for an injured Marshawn Lynch and rushing for 104 yards on 16 carries. Puma Basket Heart Sko. The powerful running-back was an inconsistent player at best in college, used as a short-yardage back in Michigan before transferring to Central Michigan and spending a lot of time on the sidelines with injury.No-one took a risk on him late in the NFL draft and he landed with the Seahawks - and how thankful they are now that Lynch has announced his retirement. Although Rawls, who runs like a bowling ball, ended the year on injured reserve he did more than enough in his seven starts to suggest a decent career is likely.I was going to put running-back David Johnson in here, who broke a number of Arizona Cardinals rookie records during his first season in the league, but there is just something about an underdog story that gets me.Flop fiveMelvin Gordon (San Diego - RB) - pick 15 (184 carries, 641 yards, 0 TDs. 33 receptions, 192 yards, 0 TDs) Melvin Gordon surges with the ball Many expected Gordon to be taken before Gurley in last years draft, as more of a sensible pick than one who might excite a franchise. As it turned out, sensible was…well…hugely disappointing as well.Gordon played okay - thats about as good as descriptions get - in the first three games but then performed a disappearing act, ending the season on injured reserve with not a single touchdown in 14 appearances.What next for the Wisconsin running-back? The Chargers might have to look at the position again in the draft this coming April, and a high-profile selection could mean curtains for Gordon already. Of course there is a chance we are giving up on him too soon, but early evidence is not positive.Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia - WR) - pick 20 (23 receptions, 283 yards, 1 TD) Nelson Agholor reacts after dropping a catch in the endzone Agholor was a consensus first-round pick in last years but might have landed in the wrong spot, or at least with the wrong quarterback on an Eagles team that struggled badly and will start next season with a new coach, and possibly not Sam Bradford under centre.He is undoubtedly talented, but there are concerns Agholor could not force his way into a more regular role in Chip Kellys offence, ending the year with a paltry 23 catches and scoring only once - his top yardage game was only 64 in week four.The main problem? Slippery gloves. Dropped catches plagued him in training camp, in pre-season and that stretched into the regular season as well, leaving him seventh on the team in receiving - simply not enough of an impact for a first round pick.Phillip Dorsett (Indianapolis - WR) - pick 29 (18 receptions, 225 yards, 1 TD) Tennessee Titans bring down Phillip Dorsett Dorsett was described as a wild card pick when selected by the Colts last year and based on the evidence of his rookie season he could retain the work in progress description for at least another season, although much will depend on off-season business.He missed a handful of games in the middle of the season, but his final line of only 18 receptions has to go down as a disappointing return for a player that was meant to be a big threat because of his speed.Dorsett will likely become a third receiver next year, in the expected absence of veteran Andre Johnson, but he needs to work on his chemistry with Andrew Luck and be more consistent running routes. If the Colts yet again target a wide receiver in the draft (it would seem unlikely) he could find himself on the outside looking in, very early in his career.Danny Shelton (Cleveland - DT) - pick 9 (19 solo tackles, 17 assists, 0 sacks, 4 tackles for loss) Danny Shelton of the Cleveland Browns makes a tackle ESPN recently announced their best draft pick per team, and Shelton won the honours with Cleveland - that might just tell you something about the Browns and the way they build for the future.Shelton is a huge run-stuffer, who was a tackle machine when playing for the University of Washington. Sadly none of that translated to the professional ranks and he spent plenty of time running around getting his hands on absolutely nobody.Zero sacks, zero impact. And as for the ESPN rankings, you have to wonder what running-back Duke Johnson, who at least showed signs of ability in his first season, thinks about their Shelton pick.Dante Fowler Jr (Jacksonville - LB) - pick 3 (no stats) #3 pick Fowler dressed to impress at last years draft There is always one bad-luck injury story coming out of the NFL Draft, and this year it was Jacksonvilles turn to taste the misfortune as they lost a potential defence-changing player before he even managed a snap.In fact the only snap he heard was that of his anterior cruciate ligament in the Jaguars rookie minicamp not long after he had his named called out at the draft in Chicago.Jacksonville had hoped to turn Fowler into a defensive lynchpin, and those hopes will remain in place for 2016-17, when you have to at least pray the 21-year-old gets to experience his first NFL game. Without him, they ranked 31st out of 32 in points allowed and 29th in pass yardage. 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