Before Monday’s national championship game kicked off, we noted that former Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny was still very much a presence in the Crimson Tide locker room.
After ‘Bama slipped past Clemson, 45-40, for the title, Tenpenny’s name came up again.
“He was with us every step of the way,” star running back Derrick Henry said during the broadcast. “I talked to him before the game and told him to watch over us and be with us. And I’m sure he was. That’s how we got the victory.”
Besides the black “28” helmet decals and “RIP 28” wristbands, Henry claimed that Tenpenny — who passed away following a one-car accident in mid-October — has been an integral part of Alabama’s championship journey.
“We’ve been having him in our heart this whole season,” Henry said. “We love him.”