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The City Council Tuesday honored a man who is working to bring attention to students in Southeast San Diego by making a documentary on the four Heisman Trophy winners the area has produced.

Alfie Webb, who runs the Lincoln Legacy Community Foundation, said he wants to leverage the neighborhood’s football success to increase college scholarship money for students.

He said his documentary, “It Must be in the Water,” will tell the story of how four running backs who grew up in the area — Marcus Allen, Rashaan Salaam, Ricky Williams and Reggie Bush — went on to win the award for college football’s best player.

Allen, of Lincoln High, won his Heisman at USC in 1981.

The others played at high schools outside Southeast San Diego — Salaam attended La Jolla Country Day School before going to the University of Colorado and earning the award in 1994; Williams went to Patrick Henry High and received his Heisman in 1998 at the University of Texas at Austin; and Bush went to Helix High of La Mesa and was honored in 2005 while at USC, but subsequently had to return his trophy after being found in violation of NCAA rules.

“These four very different young men grew up within a five-mile radius of each other and passed through Emerald Hills, Valencia Park, Lincoln Park or Skyline Hills,” said Councilwoman Myrtle Cole, who represents the area.

None of the Heisman winners could attend, but members of Allen’s family were in the audience.

Webb said his foundation has been giving out $2,000 scholarships to “deserving young people” in the neighborhood. He said he hopes the film will receive enough attention to increase donations to the point that he can offer full scholarships.

—City News Service

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