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PHOTO: Robert Griffin III Wins Heisman Trophy; It's Gotta Be The Socks

The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner was announced on Saturday night, and Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck was the runner-up for the second year in a row. The prestigious award went to Baylor Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III, who sported an interesting choice in hosiery underneath his elegant suit.


via Sean Keeley, and originally via @cjzero

Yes, those are Superman socks, replete with tiny calf-cape. It is a strong possibility that Griffin displayed these socks ahead of time to Heisman voters, which understandably may have swayed their selections when filling out their ballots.

Andrew Luck appeared to have no such ace up his...uh...pant leg on Saturday, going with boring old Gold Toe, which makes a fine and durable dress sock, to be sure, but one woefully incapable of flying backwards around the Earth to somehow make time reverse and cause Lois Lane to un-deadify. (Spoiler warning I guess if you've made it the past 33 years without seeing the original Superman film.)

Alex Sautter, an intern at FOX Sports, made the following suggestion:

Superman wears Andrew Luck socks.

Nice try, Alex, but Superman's suit was sent along with him by his father Jor-El when he launched the infant Superman into space to escape the destruction of his home planet Krypton. I doubt he would have taken the time to look into the future and see which NCAA quarterback would finish in second place two years in a row in 2010 and 2011, then pack the appropriate socks. Now, if you're suggesting that Clark Kent wears Andrew Luck socks, I'm afraid that would mean Andrew is in violation of NCAA licensing regulations, so if he had won the Heisman this year, he would have had to turn around and forfeit that bad boy due to "Sock-gate 2011."

Way to go, Alex. Now you've disgraced your favorite quarterback.

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