Every Parent Should Want Their Kid To Hear DeVonta Smith’s Heisman’s Acceptance Speech
To all the parents out there, if your kid needs someone to look up to, how about new Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith!
This world has plenty of negative influences but there are still so many good role models out there to look up to, including in the sports world. Count Smith as one of them. Just hear what the Alabama wide receiver had to say as he accepted the most prestigious award in all of college football:
“To all the young kids out there that’s not the biggest, not the strongest, just keep pushing ’cause I’m not the biggest,” Smith said. “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.”
If that doesn’t get you fired up and inspired, I don’t know what will. It makes you want to go out there and chase your dreams. And that’s exactly what Smith did to get to this point. It took lots of hard work, effort, persistence, and recognizing who helped get him here. That includes, yes, his parents.
“First off, I would like to thank God, without Him, none of this would be possible,” Smith said. “Congratulate all the finalists, just to be in this situation with you guys, y’all great athletes, 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 would like to thank my mentor, Vincent Sanders, without you I wouldn’t be who I am today.”
Smith’s parents and family were shown during the speech and after Smith’s speech. It was an emotional, touching moment for his family. They were watching in Louisiana to see if Smith would win. After the inspirational speech, it resulted in a lot of hype-ness and cheers (and rightly so) from the family.
The Crimson Tide receiver not only won over the nation’s top quarterbacks this year, he became the first receiver to win a Heisman since Michigan’s Desmond Howard won in 1991. Smith also becomes just the fourth receiver ever to win it (since the award was given in 1935), joining Howard, Notre Dame’s Tim Brown, and Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers.
Desmond Howard, the last receiver to win a Heisman, showing Smith love:
Fellow Heisman winner Tim Tebow guessed Smith would win it:
In his senior year, which just so happened to be 2020, Smith put up numbers. In 12 games, he had 105 catches, 1,641 receiving yards, 15.6 yards per catch, 20 receiving touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown to boot. Those are video game-type numbers. In real life.
A well-deserved award for Smith. And you could just tell how proud his parents were as DeVonta just tried to make them and his family proud.
Charlie Lapastora is a sports/news multimedia journalist who’s reported, written, produced, anchored, shot video/edited on different NBC, ABC, and FOX shows in multiple TV markets, along with digital & new media companies. Charlie has traveled the country telling national sports, news, feature, and original stories on a cable news network, airing on top 10 TV markets, satellite radio, and digital platforms. He is passionate about his faith, family—being a husband to whom he calls the G.O.A.T. of women—about reppin’ his home state of Michigan and Detroit teams (yes, including the Lions), good coffee, and loves how sports brings people together. He’s traveled the world leading and coaching sports camps and has also worked at the Detroit Pistons and LA Clippers’ NBA teams.
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