ATLANTA, GA (WAFF) - Alabama is your National Champion! In a thriller against Georgia, the Tide came away with the 26-23 win and its 17th National title in program history.
It was a true freshman from Hawaii that became a Crimson Tide legend. Tua Tagovailoa came into the game in the third quarter and led the Tide on a comeback.
It was almost disaster in overtime when he was sacked for a big loss. That set up a second and twenty-six, the play called Seattle, and did Tua deliver, a 41-yard touchdown to another freshman Devonta Smith. And just like that Alabama National Champs.
"I mean I dunno how in the world Coach Saban found me from Hawaii all the way to Alabama.I just thank God that he found me, and we're here right now. To be able to do this on a National level, it's just a great opportunity," said Tua Tagovailoa, Offensive MVP.
Unreal game. Unreal performance by a true freshman in the National Title game no less.
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Long snapper, Ryan Parris who's a walk-on, played at James Clemens High School and is a junior. Ryan hasn't played in a game, but after Monday night's he was overcome with emotion.
"This is a dream come true. I had to do this for my Dad. He didn't get to finish this here. And I told him I would get em one for us, and now I got two. One for each of us. Well, I'm too happy and I'm crying because I've never been this happy in my life. Oh gosh, I'm just really happy. Congratulations. Thank you, Roll Tide," said Ryan Parris, Alabama Long Snapper.
Former Bob Jones standout Kendall Randolph, and James Clemens standout La'Bryan Ray are also on Alabama's championship team.
"We're built for this. We do this every day in practice, we're built for it. We work hard," said Kendall Randolph.
"It means a lot, We came here to Alabama, we work hard, It's a blessing," said LaBryan Ray.
All I can say is follow your dreams, keep working for what you want because we're built for this, that's all I can say. I'm just happy. Roll Tide everybody. I'm being reckless, but we just won the National Championship," said Randolph.
Alabama fans will head to work happy, as the Crimson Tide bring home their 17th National Title.
Tua Tagovailoa brought Alabama back and capped it off with a walk-off touchdown throw in overtime to win it. The first person to congratulate him, none other than Jalen Hurts. We talked with Jalen after the game, and as you would imagine, he's all class.
"I'm a team player. I'm a leader, and that's what leaders do. They're there for their team. We're National Champs, What else can I say? It's amazing," said Jalen Hurts.
When asked what he told Tagovailoa after that first touchdown, he said he told him he was built for this.
"I told him I loved him and this is what you made for. I told him I love him, you're built for this, you're made for this, and I'm happy for him," said Hurts.
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