Ahead of the College Football Playoffs matchup between Alabama and Cincinnati, the Crimson Tide get some welcome news. ForHe the second straight year, ‘Bama is home to the Heisman Trophy, as quarterback Bryce Young earned this prestigious honor for the Crimson Tide. (via ESPN)
Bryce Young is your Heisman Trophy winner, the fourth @AlabamaFTBL player to win the award 🏆 pic.twitter.com/6lDBGGZ9ZU
— ESPN (@espn) December 12, 2021
Young is the fourth Alabama player to take home the Heisman Trophy, as he beat out Michigan DE Bryce Young, Ohio State QB CJ Stroud, and Pitt QB Kenny Pickett. He succeeded another Crimson Tide product in DeVonta Smith, who won the award last year. Smith now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL. Smith was in attendance for the presentation of the award, and made sure to congratulate his fellow alumni after he received his award.
BACK TO BACK ! @_bryce_young
— DeVonta Smith (@DeVontaSmith_6) December 12, 2021
The crazy part is that Bryce Young isn't even eligible to be drafted in the next few years! Unlike the former Heisman winner Smith, Young isn't qualified for the NFL draft until the year 2023! There's a lot of potential for Young to capitalize on this achievement and maybe even win it again in the next seasons.
Most Heisman Winners end up having successful careers in the NFL, which bodes well for Young. Some recent notable Heisman winners who became NFL stars are former Panther quarterback Cam Newton, Titans running back Derrick Henry, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, and Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. The Alabama product will have big shoes to fill once he turns pro.
For now though, Young and Alabama head coach Nick Saban are focused on the CFP semi-finals against Cincinnati. The Crimson Tide might be significantly favored over the underdog Bearcats, but college football is notorious for big assets. Hopefully, Bryce Young winning the Heisman will fire up the team and not make them complacent.