University of Alabama running back, Derrick Henry, won the 81st Heisman Trophy last night.
“Coming into Alabama from Florida, they all accepted me, they all loved me and all supported me,” he said. “And this season, they’ve seen me as a leader, taken me as a leader. [The offensive line] takes pride in controlling the line of scrimmage, making sure I have success, and through this year, looking at these guys, the courage they had in me, the faith they had in me, I knew I couldn’t let them down.
“Everybody always asks me about carries, what I thought about it, how I felt, but when you got teammates like that who love you and care for you, it don’t matter how you feel or how bad it hurts, you’ve got to make sure you’re making those guys happy by helping them win, getting a victory,” Henry said.
The 21 year old, Crimson Tide junior is the first running back recipient to achieve the award since 2009, when another Crimson Tide running back received it. Henry also broke the all-time SEC rushing record with 1,986 rushing yards in 339 attempts. Aside from those, Henry has won the Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award, and the Walter Camp Award this year.
Henry, who was born to teenage parents, credits much of his success to his grandmother Gladys Henry.