One former Tide ride running back to another, Shaun Alexander shares what he’s told Heisman winner Derrick Henry about what it takes to succeed in the NFL.
Shaun Alexander was a great running back for Alabama and one of the few bright spots during the coaching transition between Gene Stallings (1990-1996) and Mike Dubose (1997-200) in the late 1990’s. Stallings had brought the Crimson Tide back to relevancy by winning the 1992 National Championship while they then took a nose dive downward under Dubose to an all-time low 3-8 record during the 2000 season. Dubose and Alabama were able to win the 1999 SEC Championship and Alexander had a lot to do with that. He broke on the national scene as a freshman against LSU running for 296 yards and 4 touchdowns in front of an ESPN Saturday Night audience. Alexander went on to rush for a total of 3,565 total yards during his career with the Tide and was taken 19th overall (First round) of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Now Alexander is giving the latest Alabama star running back, Derrick Henry, advice on how to handle his future as a NFL player. You can read more by clicking the source link below for this story by Roy S. Johnson of al.com. I’ve also included highlights (via YouTube) of that great performance in 1996 by Shaun Alexander against LSU.