Saturday's First Award

By Adam Caparell - December 08, 2007

NEW YORK - We had the first award of the evening handed out and it went to former New York Giants defensive end George Martin.

Martin was honored by the Heisman Trophy trust for his ongoing efforts to raise awareness and money for the benefit of many rescue and recovery workers who are currently suffering various health ailments following time served at Ground Zero in the days and months after 9/11.

The Heisman Trophy Trust will make a $25,000 contribution to Martin's "a Journey for 9/11." Martin's making a 3,200 mile trek across the country, from the George Washington Bridge here to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, and he's doing it all on foot. He took a break from his trek to accept the award.

It's an especially near and dear cause to the Heisman people considering the Downtown Athletic Club, the keeper of the award for it's first 60-plus years, closed shortly following 9/11 due to damages to the building located just a few blocks from the World Trade Center and financial difficulties.

For more info on Martin's quest log on to

Posted by Adam Caparell at 08:15 PM on December 08, 2007

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