IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-11-21)
“Promoting Education Based Athletics in Indiana”
This past week, Alabama’s DeVonta Smith became only the fourth wide receiver and first since 1991 to win the coveted Heisman Trophy.
In his acceptance speech, Smith said “And just to all the young kids out there that’s not the biggest, not the strongest, just keep pushing because I’m not the biggest. I’ve been doubted a lot just because of my size (Smith is 6’ 1” and 175 lbs), and really it just comes down to you put your mind to it, you can do it.”
What you might not know is Smith stayed after practice daily, with his position coach, and caught an extra 100 passes. That’s sacrifice.
Smith did not win the Heisman because he was the biggest, fastest or strongest. He won because he had the desire, drive and discipline to be the best. And in 2020, he was!
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