University of Alabama running back Derrick Henry was just awarded one of the most prestigious awards a college football player could hope for. Henry just won the 2015 Heisman Award for the most outstanding college football player in the country, and he followed that with one of the best speeches we’ve heard in a while.
In accepting the award, Henry encouraged every kid watching the ceremony to remember to always keep God first because He is “everything.” Henry also encouraged viewers to pray often and to pursue their dreams. By linking all of these things (God, prayer and dreams), Henry told listeners that they might find happiness.
“I just want to talk to the kids that are looking and watching this TV today. I just want to give you all advice. I am hoping I am someone you can idolize yourself behind and look up to because God is everything. Always keep God first. Always pray. Don’t be afraid to pray. He always hears your cry. If you have dreams, go chase them. If you believe it, you can achieve it. And God will be there every step of the way. I am a living testament, man. Growing up, having this dream, I am so nervous. I never thought I would be up here. But God is good. And I get on my knees every night and thank him for everything. So keep God first. Always pray. And always chase your dream.”
It’s nice to see our athletic heroes choosing to remind fans that there is something bigger than ourselves and that there is something greater than sports. All too often our culture builds these athletic men and women into something that they are not, usually leading to a sad and depressing crash. If Derrick Henry can keep this wonderful perspective on life, not only will he go far, but he’ll also avoid the many disastrous pitfalls that other athletes find themselves falling into.