As he prepares to lead No. 1 Alabama in his junior season, the defending Heisman Trophy winner says his faith gives him purpose and peace. Bryce Young led Alabama to the SEC title and the College Football Playoff National Championship game in 2021, while also winning the Heisman Trophy. Despite defeating Alabama in the national championship game, Young and his team are ranked first heading into the 2022 season, thanks to a strong core of returning players.
“I work to be the best version of myself that I can be and to embody Christ in everything that I do,” Young told the Sports Spectrum Podcast for an episode that will air on August 31. Excerpts were recently posted on the Sports Spectrum website. “So, regardless of how others perceive me, whatever award, accolade, or comment someone may make… at the end of the day, what motivates and pushes me is to model myself after the Lord.”
Since his arrival on the University of Alabama campus, Young has been vocal about his faith. “Follower of Christ,” his Twitter bio says. A cross is depicted in his bio.
During his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech last season, he mentioned his faith.
“First and foremost, I’d like to thank Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I couldn’t be here without Him, and everything is possible through Him “Young said this before addressing his father and mother, who were present.
During the regular season last year, he completed 68 percent of his passes for 4,322 yards, 43 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Among them was a last-second, Heisman-worthy touchdown drive against Auburn that kept the Tide’s championship hopes alive.
“There’s a lot of excitement surrounding this year, this team,” he said in the August 31 episode of Sports Spectrum. “It’s obvious that this is a new group of guys. … [Head coach Nick Saban] has a very strict policy that you’re not entitled to anything from year to year, so right now, it’s all of us individually proving ourselves, pushing each other to get better.”
Young and his teammates learned a lot during the 2021 season, which they finished 13-2.”I think the biggest thing that I took away – that we all took away – is that everything comes to light,” Young said. “I believe we took a lot of shortcuts, and we didn’t do a lot of things to our level or standard. There were a lot of minor details that we should’ve ironed out but didn’t. All of those minor details, I believe, were revealed during the season’s pivotal moments.”