“If you don’t think football matters, are you kidding me?”

If you like Dabo Swinney's speech after winning the National Championship Monday night... wait til you hear his acceptance speech from last night!

Best quote?  “If you don’t think football matters - are you kidding me?”

Dabo Swinney won the Paul ''Bear'' Bryant Coach of the Year award for the third time in four years Wednesday night, two days after leading Clemson to its second national championship in three years. 

He calls his mentor up to the podium, Woody McCorvey of Atmore, and talked about the difference this man had made in his career and his life.  

"Football brought a guy from Atmore, Alabama together with a young guy from Pelham, Alabama and we meet up at the University of Alabama...."

Swinney is the only three-time winner of the 33rd annual award, with Chris Petersen - the trophy holder in 2006 and 2009 at Boise State - the only other multiple winner. 

Swinney was among seven finalists named for the annual award given to the nation's top college football coach - along with Bill Clark (UAB), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Josh Heupel (UCF), Jeff Monken (Army), Nick Saban (Alabama), and Jeff Tedford (Fresno State). 

 
 

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