January 6, 2021
Photo by Kent Gidley/Heisman Trophy Trust
Heisman Trophy Ceremonies have been transpiring since 1935 with notable winners in Desmond Howard, Tim Brown, Johnny Rodgers, Reggie Bush, Tim Tebow, etc. This year's finalists for the award were Quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence, Mac Jones, and Kyle Trask along with wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Here's what DeVonta Smith vocalized after he procured the 2020 Heisman.
Question: Congratulations on attaining the Heisman. How much of receiving this award was a testament to your hard work and the Alabama coaching staff?
Answer: The coaches at Alabama abet everyone on the active roster to make their jobs simpler. They also put the players in the perfect position to reach the standard that was needed to defeat the opponents on our schedule. Another component to the on-field success was our off the field regiment, which included all of the student-athletes coming to practice every day and buying into all the details the coaches propagated on. Those daily routines implemented by the squad were more of a factor in me attaining the Heisman than my hard work.
Question: Your family was shown on the program an hour ago acclaiming the biggest achievement of your collegiate career. Why is your family critical to your growth as a man and as a student-athlete?
Answer: My family has been guiding me my entire life as I've seen the things that go on in the communities I've been to with great and not-so-great examples being exhibited. Nonetheless, I was able to make the right decisions because of my family's support and that's one of the critical reasons I've reached this point in my career as a student-athlete.
The video of this interview is now available on YouTube. You can choose to view it down below.
A special thanks to Tim Henning of the Heisman Trophy Trust for arranging and conducting the videoconference spectacularly. Another mention goes to ASAP Sports, who aided with closed captioning. Make sure to tune in next Monday at 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific to see Smith's last game as a student-athlete as the Alabama Crimson Tide venture to capture the program's 18th championship.