Dec 23, 2009, 5:30 PM EST
We can forgive Jim Harbaugh if he’s a bit prone to hyperbole when it comes to Toby Gerhart. I’m a big Gerhart fan myself — it’s just so refreshing to see an offensive player who simply flips the ball to an official after he’s scored a touchdown, instead of acting out the entire second act from West Side Story.
We can even forgive Harbaugh for stating flatly that Gerhart should have won the Heisman. Many would agree. But when a coach goes to The Bible and compares his player to one of the big names therein; two things ensue: hilarity, and head scratching. Quoting the Good Book when describing a college player? Must be residue from his job interview at Kansas.
This really remarkable (read: wacky) quote occurred during an interview with Petros and Money on Fox Sports Radio. Enjoy.
“It struck me that here was a man, Toby Gerhart, who literally took his team on his back this year and a program and university. Leading them back to their rightful place in college football, a legendary place in college football. It was biblical to me; Toby Gerhart was John the Baptist, out into the wilderness making things straight and being called back into the wilderness to bring Stanford football back.”
Hmm, I’m not sure if Jesus had anything to say about the Sun Bowl.
As we know from our Bible, John the Baptist also wore camel’s hair clothing and ate nothing but honey and locusts; and since I once saw Gerhart at a Boston Market not too far from the Stanford campus, Harbaugh has some explaining to do.
“I thought he did everything he possibly could do to win that award; there was not one more thing Toby Gerhart could have done to win that award. But this is a vote and you have no control over voters and how that outcome is going to be. I think he made his case; here is a guy, who rushed for the most yards in college football, scores the most touchdowns in college football and does it against top 10 defenses. To us, Toby Gerhart is the Heisman Trophy winner.”
Fair enough. But as we also know from our Bible, did not John the Baptist live austerely, and constantly predict the coming of a messianic figure who would be greater than himself? That figure, of course, turned out to be Mark Ingram.
Jim Harbaugh: ‘To us Toby Gerhart is the Heisman Trophy Winner’. [Sports Radio Interviews]
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