Penn State's John Cappelletti has been named Big Ten Icon No. 16. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, continues at 9 PM ET on Tuesday, Oct. 12, with a profile of the 1973 Heisman Trophy winner. Cappelletti will forever be remembered for his emotional speech in accepting the 1973 Heisman Trophy, when he stated that he wanted to give the trophy to his younger brother, Joey, who was battling leukemia. Cappelletti began his Penn State career on defense, unable to earn playing time behind established stars Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell. When his time came, the native of suburban Philadelphia was a workhorse tailback for Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions. As a senior, the year he took home college football's top individual prize, Cappelletti carried for more than 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. He ran for more than 200 yards in three straight games, and helped Penn State complete a perfect 11-0 regular season.
In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com <http://www.BigTenIcons.com> , former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "The speech he gave when he accepted the award on Dec. 13, 1973, remains the most memorable in the Heisman's 75-year history." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Cappelletti, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.