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Joe Boozell | NCAA.com | December 13, 2015

Watch: Derrick Henry Heisman Trophy speech

  Derrick Henry is the first Alabama player to win the Heisman Trophy since 2009.

Alabama running back Derrick Henry is the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner. It was certainly well deserved, as the bruising Crimson Tide runner has totaled 1,986 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns this season.

And believe it or not, his Heisman acceptance speech was almost as great as his play on the field.

A few highlights: at around the 4:15 mark, Henry begins talking about Nick Saban, and he gets a bit emotional in describing his love for one of his greatest mentors.

Another memorable moment that came at the end of the speech was when Henry honored former Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny, who passed away earlier this season in a car crash.

See Henry’s full Heisman acceptance speech below.

Henry is a class act and a welcome addition to the Heisman Trophy brotherhood.

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