I’ve Always Been Doubted: Alabama Star Bryce Young on Winning the Heisman Trophy

Published 12/12/2021, 1:51 PM EST
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JANUARY 01: Bryce Young #9 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up before the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl football game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at AT&T Stadium on January 01, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 31-14. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)


Alabama quarterback Bryce Young was named the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday night. With that, the Crimson Tide became the fourth team in history to win the Heisman Trophy back-to-back. Last year, the award went to wide receiver DeVonta Smith.

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The 20-year-old surpassed Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, and Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud by a wide margin, receiving 684 first-place votes and 2,311 overall points.

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Bryce Young the definition of resilience

And so at the time of his acceptance speech, the Alabama sophomore poured his heart out. His greatest achievement reflects upon his years of hard work, dedication, and resilience to the sport. Although it was not that easy for him to overcome the difficulties along the way.

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“For me, I’ve always been someone who’s been labeled as not the prototype,” Young said during his speech. “Being an African American quarterback and being quote-unquote undersized and not being that prototype. I’ve always been ruled out and kind of doubted. People a lot of times have told me that I wasn’t going to be able to make it. And for me, it’s always been about not really proving them wrong, but proving to myself what I can accomplish.”

Young leading the Alabama Crimson Tide

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Young has leaped over many hurdles to reach where he has reached now. He was given a monumental task to fill in the shoes of his successful predecessor, Mac Jones as Alabama’s quarterback. Jones, who placed third in previous year’s Heisman vote, led the country with 4,500 passing yards and a 77.4% completion rate, helping the Crimson Tide to a 13-0 record and the national championship.

After Young took the reins of the offense, he had no trouble blazing his own path to success. He led the Crimson Tide to the Southeastern Conference title and made them No. 1 seed in the college football playoff this season. He passed for 4,322 yards and 43 touchdowns. The Tide will be playing No. 4 Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 31.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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