The announcement was seen on the Twitter account of The Heisman Trophy,
— The Heisman Trophy (@HeismanTrophy) December 12, 2021
The sophomore quarterback out of the University of Alabama beat out fellow finalists Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud. Young was the second straight Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama. Last year, former teammate DeVonta Smith carried the trophy home for college football’s best player.
Young joins three other Heisman winners for Alabama. Two former running backs, Derrick Henry who won the award in 2015 and Mark Ingram, who walked off with the trophy in 2009.
God is great! Truly grateful for everyone who made this possible and for all the support I’ve received. All glory to God! pic.twitter.com/nsFozsuXwI
— Bryce Young (@_bryce_young) December 12, 2021
“Yeah, it’s crazy,” Young said after winning the prize. “You dream of moments like that. It’s surreal for something like that to happen. You know, it was a whirlwind of emotion for sure hearing your name and then composing yourself to speak, so it was really surreal, and it was truly an honor and a blessing.”
Young, who led his team to a 12-1 record while winning the 2021 SEC championship and helping to gain the top seed in the upcoming College Football Playoff, has also won the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Awards last week. He was voted the Associated Press college football player of the year because he passed for 4,322 yards on 314-of-462 passing (68.0%) in just his first year as the starting quarterback. He also scored 43 touchdowns with just four interceptions.
According to NFL.com, in his acceptance speech, Young spoke about being counted out and having to prove himself.
“I’ve always been labeled as someone who’s not the prototype, being an African-American quarterback and being quote-unquote 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.”