Nick Saban’s star players have dragged him to New York five times in the past six years.
Saturday night, Alabama running back Derrick Henry was the latest to sit in the front row at the Heisman Trophy ceremony, and Saban was not far behind him in the crowd.
After Henry became the second Heisman winner in Alabama history, his coach was full of pride.
“You can’t be happier for a young man who has done so much for so long who worked real hard to reach his dreams,” Saban said, according to the Anniston Star’s Marq Burnett. “I don’t know how anyone could represent the university in a more first-class way.”
Henry, a junior, has run for an SEC-record 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. His Heisman win capped a week of trophies that included the Doak Walker Award, Walter Camp Award and Alabama MVP.
He thanked God, family, teammates and coaches on Saturday before dedicating the Heisman to fallen ex-teammate Altee Tenpenny.