Minkah Fitzpatrick concluded a great career at Alabama with a strong 2017 season, which was capped by leading the Crimson Tide to the national championship.
However, before Fitzpatrick did that, he won the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the top defensive back in the country, in December. The award is given annually by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Because Fitzpatrick won the award, he was given the opportunity to be honored in front of the Oklahoma Senate, which took place on Tuesday, as he and his family made the trip.
#OKSenate today honored the 2017 @jimthorpeaward winner, Minkah Fitzpatrick @minkfitz_21 of the Alabama Crimson Tide. The award is given annually by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame to the best DB in college football. pic.twitter.com/2o2PU64242
— OK Senate GOP (@oksenategop) February 6, 2018
Fitzpatrick took the time to thank the Oklahoma Senate on Twitter after he was honored:
Was an honor to be there! Thank you for having me and my family! https://t.co/F5J1SELrgQ
— Minkah Fitzpatrick (@minkfitz_21) February 6, 2018
With the national championship and individual accolades behind him, Fitzpatrick can now focus solely on preparing to start his NFL career. The former Tide defensive back opted to leave school after his junior season to play professionally.
Fitzpatrick had 171 tackles and nine interceptions in 42 games over three seasons at Alabama. He had 60 tackles and an interception this past year.