Peterson was long gone by then, traded to Arizona.

Mayfield is the first player to win the Heisman after walking on to a team. The NCAA didn’t recognize the walk-on concept until 1950.

During his acceptance speech, Mayfield thanked the other finalists and his teammates, coaches and trainers before tearfully crediting his family for their guidance.

“My family, love you guys,” Mayfield said, pausing as tears left his eyes. “There were times that we had to move, and you guys made sacrifice after sacrifice just so I could chase my dreams.

Sean Payton corrected his error and recognized what worked. They’d have to fade hard to miss the playoffs, but they’re also tied with the Panthers in their division, and every game counts.

Let’s not pretend, however, that Reid would not pull the trigger on a change because Smith is his hand-picked, chosen-one, on-field alter ego, or because Mahomes is too young and Smith is too much of a veteran with too much of a history with Reid.

In their 10th season together in Philadelphia, in 2008, after a Super Bowl trip and three other NFC title games, Reid yanked McNabb at halftime of a late November game in Baltimore in favor of, yes, an heir apparent, Kevin Kolb. The change only lasted that half (the Eagles got blown out in the game, and Kolb threw a 107-yard pick-six to Ed Reed), and McNabb and the Eagles went on to another NFC championship game, losing to the Cardinals.
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