It smells like another underdog is destined for greatness. Bryce Young from Alabama wins Heisman Trophy Award.
I think what put the trophy on Bryce’s shelf and was signed sealed, and delivered was when he threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Jameson Williams against Georgia in the SEC Championship. The pass gave Alabama the lead to 31-17. At this time, Heisman was being whispered through the air.
Alabama scored 17 consecutive points in the second quarter. They were down 10-0 and came back and into the lead at halftime to 24-17.
Young finished the game with three TD passes, one rushing score, and 461 yards of total offense, an all-time record for the SEC Championship.
When scouts looked at Bryce, he was not your typical quarterback. He did not have the size or weight. And so, it is easier for scouts to look for the ripen fruit first. They want the stereotypical prototype for quarterback. And that was precisely Bryce’s story. He is good but…. During his acceptance speech, Bryce said:
“You know, for me, I’ve always been someone who’s been labeled as not the prototype. And, being an African American quarterback and being undersized and not being that prototype, I’ve always been ruled out and counted out. 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. I’ve always pushed myself to work the hardest. And I’ve tried my best to do all I can to maximize all I can do. Thanks to the people around me, and through the grace of God, I’ve been able to make it here. I’m truly grateful for that.”
Never let anyone tell you, you can’t do or make it. Prove it to yourself. What statisticians and scouts don’t realize is that someone who works hard and is truly determined transforms their potential into greatness when given a little hope and opportunity. The same thing happened to Tom Brady. Tom Brady was the 199th pick in the draft. Interestingly, today he is a 7-time consecutive Super Bowl Champion, has three league MVPs, and 5 Super Bowl MVPs. It goes to show will is stronger than stats.