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LeBron James and Patrick Mahomes were among the stars who got lyrical to DeVonta Smith, who said Alabama “finished writing our history” in the National College Football Playoff Championship.
Heisman trophy winner Smith was in sensational form at Hard Rock Stadium in Alabama’s (13-0) 52-24 defeat of Ohio State (7-1) on Monday.
The exciting wide receiver, who is destined for the NFL for the 2021 season, had 12 receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half as Alabama claimed a 35-17 lead at interval.
The 22-year-old recorded more than 200 receiving yards and three or more touchdown receptions for the third time this season, tying Davante Adams (2013) for the most such games by any FBS player in recent years. 25 seasons, according to Stats Perform. .
Smith also broke the record for receiving yards in a Southern Eastern Conference season by being named Most Valuable Offensive Player.
Most impressive is the fact that Smith missed most of the second half with a right hand injury, although he did say after the game “I’ll be fine” when asked about it.
Speaking about the achievement, in quotes reported by ESPN, Smith said: “It all came down to young people going to work, every day, every week, knowing that if someone went down, they were going to have to come in and do something. big.
DeVonte Smith is one of the best pure receivers I have ever seen! Like a mix between Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison. Man it’s good!
– LeBron James (@KingJames) January 12, 2021
“I believed in them from the jump. That’s what we do, that’s why you come to Bama.
“Only with COVID and everything that was happening made things difficult, it made us be closer as a team, to be there for each other. This team is like no other.
“It has been incredible [season]. We just finished writing our story, that was all that kept us coming back, we just finished the story we wanted to write and we did. “
Social media was in an uproar as Smith performed, with Los Angeles Lakers superstar James greeting the young man on Twitter.
DeVonte Smith is one of the best pure receivers I have ever seen! Like a mix between Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison. Man it’s good! James wrote.
Mahomes, who led the Kansas City Chiefs to Super Bowl glory last season, simply posted, “Lol, they just need to put him on like everyone else.”
Lol, they just need to get like everyone on it
– Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) January 12, 2021
After seeing his record tied, Adams joked, “From now on, if you misspell my name, make sure it’s Devonta because he’s that guy.”
JJ Watt added: “DeVonta is freaking out !!!!!!!”
The victory saw head coach Nick Saban win a seventh college title, beating Paul Bryant in the most national championships, with six of those titles in his 14 seasons at the helm of Alabama.