"Don't Be Afraid to Pray" Heisman Trophy Winner Derrick Henry Praises God in Acceptance Speech

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Dec 14, 2015 10:28 AM
"Don't Be Afraid to Pray" Heisman Trophy Winner Derrick Henry Praises God in Acceptance Speech

On Saturday, University of Alabama running back Derrick Henry was awarded the Heisman Trophy for being the best player in college football. In his acceptance speech, Henry showcased his faith as he spoke about his belief in God and urged any kids watching his speech to keep God first and to always pray.

"God is everything. Always keep God first. Always pray. Don't be afraid to pray, he'll always hear your cry. [...] If you have dreams, go chase em. If you believe it, you can achieve it. God will be there every step of the way. I'm a living testament, man. [...] I never thought I'd be up here, but, you know, God is good. I get on my hands and knees every night and pray. I'm thankful for everything. Keep God first, always pray, and always chase your dream."

Henry also spoke about his ailing grandmother, who was unable to attend the award ceremony because she was sick in the hospital. A video crew was able to capture Henry's family's reaction to his victory, and it's pretty awesome:

Henry is the second member of the Crimson Tide to win the Heisman Trophy.