They call him the “Renaissance Man” and now we all understand why. Dalvin Tomlinson’s journey to the national championship in Tampa is a fascinating one.
Tomlinson, an Alabama defensive lineman, shared his personal journey via an in-depth article he wrote himself for The Players’ Tribune. In nearly 1,700 words, Tomlinson weaved through his childhood and how he developed through sports and the special relationship with his late mother.
In an excerpt from the article, we get a glimpse at his final moments with his mother and the promise he made and fulfilled.
We went through all of my options, and that was when I decided I was going to attend Alabama and promised her that I’d earn my degree. It was important to me to let her know that I was going to do her proud.
The next day, she was gone.
That was five years ago, and I’m proud to say that, I’ve not only earned a degree in finance, but I’m also well on my way to earning a second bachelor’s in financial planning. It hasn’t always been easy. There have been so many times when I wished I had her to talk through something I’m going through. But at the same time, I’m extremely grateful for what she left me with.
Dalvin Tomlinson finishes out his Alabama career on Monday night when the redshirt senior will take the field against Clemson for the College Football Playoff national championship.
The Tide and Tigers meet beginning about 8 p.m. ET in Tampa. TV: ESPN.