Alabama RB Derrick Henry Wins Heisman Trophy
Alabama running back Derrick Henry ran away from defenders all season for the Tide. Saturday night, he ran away with the Heisman Trophy.
"Since I was a kid it's been a lifelong goal and a dream of mine," Henry said on the podium. "I'm just so thankful."
Henry becomes the second player in Alabama history to win the Heisman trophy, joining current New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram who took home the trophy in 2009.
When Ingram won, he edged out Stanford running back Toby Gerhart in the closest margin of voting in the history of the Heisman trophy, winning by one percentage point.
Henry also beat out a Stanford running back, as Cardinal star Christian McCaffery finished second in voting, but with nearly 300 less voting points.
Stanford quarterback DeShaun Watson finished third, while Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield was fourth, and Navy QB Keenan Reynolds fifth.
Ingram broke down when he won the award 6 years ago as a sophomore. Henry, a junior from Yulee, Florida, didn't break down in tears, but came close, getting choked up at times during his acceptance speech.
"(Our 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," said Henry.
"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 set an SEC record for rushing yards (1,986) and carries (339) this season, and tied a conference record for rushing touchdowns (23).