MIAMI, Fla. (WSFA) - “What will you be remembered by?” That was million dollar question Tuesday morning as the Tide made their way back to Tuscaloosa following the program’s 18th national championship.
In a season of uncertainty, Alabama managed to finish the 2020 season undefeated, defeating Ohio State 52-24 in the title game.
“I think the game was actually sort of a reflection of the year in terms of the extraordinary circumstances that we had and the extraordinary job our players and coaching staff, everybody did making adaptations to those things, which is ability to adapt is probably a real key to being successful, especially in times like these,” said head coach Nick Saban. “Just couldn’t be prouder of a group of young men and a coaching staff that did a phenomenal job.”
“The journey has been great,” added Heisman winner DeVonta Smith. “Last night meant a lot to me. Just everything that I came back for I’ve done and more. It’s just truly a blessing.”
The victory was Saban’s sixth national title with the program and seventh overall.
But this year’s win was more than just another trophy; he won with a team that he has repeatedly referred to as “special.”
“This is just the most together, committed group I think we’ve ever had the opportunity to be associated with. I think that’s special,” said Saban.” I think all these guys on this team will remember being part of this team for the rest of their life because it’s a really, really exceptionally special experience to bring a group of people together, have them all buy into the principles and values that it takes to be successful, and make the sacrifices, have the work ethic, especially in a year like this where you had to overcome so much adversity, and then accomplish what they were able to accomplish.”
A special group, during a special season, where nothing was guaranteed, but everything was appreciated.
“It’s been unique and unforgettable. Everything that’s been happening from my freshman to senior year are things I’ll never forget,” said Smith, who was named the game’s offensive MVP after a record-setting first half.
Alabama finishes the season 13-0.