DeVonta Smith’s message to Bryce Young following Heisman trophy win
The Crimson Tide takes home the Heisman Trophy for the second year in a row.
DeVonta Smith, last year’s recipient, is succeeded by former teammate Bryce Young who has become the first Alabama quarterback to be honored with the most prestigious award in college football. Young was also recently crowned the AP Player of the Year, received the Davey O’Brien Award, and the Maxwell Award.
Following the announcement of Young’s Heisman win, Smith expressed a heartfelt message.
“From the day you stepped foot on campus, we knew you were different. Sure, people had their doubts. Too small. Too skinny. They said the same thing about me but here you are. You’re calm. When the world panics, you just smile. When your back is against the wall, you fight your way out.”
The recorded message went on filled with praise and admiration for Young, who carried out an impressive season following the departure of Mac Jones. Young spent last year playing behind Jones but broke out with 4,322 yards, 43 touchdowns, and just four turnovers this season.
The numbers don’t lie – Young made it evident that he was the appropriate Heisman winner this year. Smith also reminded everyone that he was the one who caught Young’s first-ever touchdown at Alabama.
“Little did they know that was a pass from one Heisman winner to another. So, from the entire Alabama family, we just want to say thank you and welcome to the Heisman brotherhood.“
Smith went through the same criticism and setbacks Young has faced throughout his tenure at Alabama, and then reflecting on himself was honestly inspiring. That is the kind of stuff that gives you goosebumps. Seeing as Young is only in his Sophomore year, he still has plenty of playing time left. Motivation like this will only help him grow and mature as a player and human being.
It is great to have a player like DeVonta Smith in the Eagles locker room.
Of course, congratulations to Bryce Young on his accomplishments; I am looking forward to the rest of his career. We can see him and the Crimson tide retake the field on December 31st as Alabama gears up to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Cotton Bowl.