ESPN's Andre Ware talks Heisman Trophy

Andre Ware, quarterback for the Houston Cougars, won the Heisman Trophy in 1989. Icon SMI

Editor’s note: ESPN will televise the 78th annual "Heisman Trophy Presentation presented by Nissan" at 8 p.m. ET Saturday. The three finalists are senior quarterback Collin Klein (Kansas State), redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and senior linebacker Manti Te’o (Notre Dame).

ESPN counts former Heisman Trophy winners Andre Ware (Houston quarterback, 1989) and Desmond Howard (Michigan wide receiver, 1991) among its college football experts. ESPN Front Row caught up with Ware to ask him to reflect on what winning the award means.

What was the Heisman experience like for you?

Imagine having your biggest dream come true and multiply it by 10. That's what it feels like. There was very little pressure other than to deliver on Saturdays and help my team win. We were on probation that year for some nonsense that happened when most of our team was in elementary school. So, the exposure for our university was outstanding. No one from a school on probation had ever won the Heisman, so that’s what helped remove the pressure. Just that thought helped to keep things in perspective and focus on my job and commitment to our team.

To read the rest, check it out on ESPN Front Row here.