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Airport security nixes Heisman Trophy

From AP-

COLUMBUS, Ohio – 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.”

Don’t you feel safer when airport security protects us from a person whose picture was in every newspaper across the country, from carrying a large object onto an airplane? I mean exploding Heisman trophies packed with semtex are a definite national security threat.

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