Dabo Swinney’s past few days have been filled with some really special moments.
Starting with overwhelming Nick Saban and Alabama on Monday night to become the first coach in modern college football history to lead his team to a perfect 15-0 season, Dabo also took home the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year award for the third time in the award’s history last night.
While winning the award for a third time is impressive, it was Dabo’s speech that really captured the attention of a lot of folks.
In accepting the award, Dabo called his coaching mentor, Woody McCorvey, to join him on stage to help illustrate his point of how football, and the important role that the coaches and mentors bring into the lives of their players.
Woody stood to Dabo’s right for a good few minutes as Dabo laid out the special role McCorvey played in his life as a player, and then as a coach.
At one point, Dabo points out that just hours after his Clemson team took home the national title, another one of McCorvey’s players he mentored, Freddie Kitchens, was named the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Quite a few days for guys McCorvey worked with as young fellas.
“Even though my name will be on this trophy tonight, man, he ought to be on there somewhere too.”
“If you don’t think football matters…Are you kidding me?”
See Dabo’s full talk below.
“If you don’t think football matters – are you kidding me?”@ClemsonFB’s Dabo Swinney gives an amazing tribute to his mentor, Woody McCorvey, after winning Coach of the Year. #BryantAwards pic.twitter.com/Kw6w44aC7Q
— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) January 10, 2019
Dabo beat out Bill Clark (UAB), Josh Heupel (UCF), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Jeff Monken (Army), Nick Saban (Alabama), and Jeff Tedford (Fresno State), for the honor this year.