WATCH: DeVonta Smith Gives Incredible Heisman Acceptance Speech

New York, NY - December 14, 2019: Heisman Memorial Trophy trophy on display at the Marriott Marquis Hotel


Alabama Crimson Tide star DeVonta Smith was named the winner of the 2020 Heisman Trophy on Tuesday night. After becoming the first wide receiver to win the award since Desmond Howard in 1991 and just the fourth receiver in the award’s 85-year history, he delivered an incredible speech.

“To all the young kids out there that’s not the biggest, not the strongest: just keep pushing,” Smith said.

The 6-foot-1, 174-pounder was knocked for his size coming out of high school, but he proved any doubters wrong by capping off his final season with 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns receiving.

Leading the NCAA in both categories, Smith has an opportunity to add on to those numbers against Ohio State in the national championship game.

You can check out the full transcript below.

First off, I would like to thank God. Without him, none of this would be possible. I congratulate all the finalists. Just to be in this situation with you guys, y’all are great athletes, and just to be a part of something like this is truly a blessing.

I want to thank my family, my mom, my dad, just everything that y’all taught me to mold me into the young man I am today. I want to thank my mentor, Vincent Sanders. Without you I wouldn’t be where I am today, just from the rise to taking me places that I want to visit, just to doing things and just helping me get to where I am.

I want to thank Coach Saban for giving me the opportunity to come play at the University of Alabama. I thank Coach Wiggins, my receiver coach, just for helping me day in and day out, watching film, making me a better player. I thank my teammates. With team success comes individual success, so without y’all, I wouldn’t be where I am today, winning this award.

And just to all the young kids out there that’s not the biggest, not the strongest, just keep pushing because I’m not the biggest. I’ve been doubted a lot just because of my size, and really it just comes down to you put your mind to it, you can do it. No job is too big. If you put your mind to it, you can do it, and just keep believing in God, and you’ll get where you want to be.

I would like to thank Jeff Allen and the athletic training staff here for giving me all the resources to continue playing this game, to keeping me healthy so I can go out there and do the things that I like to do.

I thank our president Dr. [Stuart] Bell and our athletic director Mr. [Greg] Byrne just for being here and making everything possible with COVID going on and giving us a chance to play this season. Thank you. Roll tide!

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