This Heartfelt Embrace Between Alabama and Clemson Players Proves Sportsmanship Is Alive in College Football

Derrick Henry and Deshaun Watson are great role models.


After Monday night’s hugely entertaining college football national championship game ended, the best players on each team made a beeline to the middle of the field so they could share a tender hug and remind us that good sportsmanship still has a place in sports. 

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That’s Derrick Henry, Heisman-winning Alabama running back, in the white and Deshaun Watson, Clemson quarterback and near-Heisman winner, in the orange. These two guys have so much respect for each other as athletes and competitors that they’re reportedly planning on working out together in the off-season. 

Two days after a handful of professional football players acted like a bunch of agro meatheads on the field, these two amateurs briefly reminded us that football isn’t the asshole factory that it sometimes seems.