DeVonta Smith wins Heisman trophy
New York- In a virtual ceremony, Alabama's wide receiver DeVonta Smith was celebrated, as he was the winner of the 2021 Heisman Trophy.
Prior to Smith winning the award, a wide receiver has not been a winner of the Heisman Trophy since 1991 Desmond Howard. In his acceptance speech Smith wanted to share some advice to individuals who were the underdogs in life.
To all the young kids out there that's not the biggest, not the strongest, just keep pushing, because I'm not the biggest," Smith said. "I've been doubted a lot just because of my size. Really, it just comes down to you put your mind to it, you can do it. No job is too big."
Smith's unique story comes from him always being one of the 'skinny and lanky' players on the field. He had to play with a chip on his shoulders, because a lot of critics felt like he was not going to be a star or head to the NFL. Smith used that as motivational and now he is one of the most accomplished wide receivers in college football history .
Last week, Smith was named The Associated Press Player of the Year, becoming the first receiver to win the award. Smith has been very humble about all of his accomplishments, but remains focused with winning the National Title against Ohio State.