The Rushmore Report: The Reason Clemson Beat Alabama – According to Their Coach

Monday night’s national championship football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers was one for the ages. In a rematch of last year’s title game, Clemson scored the winning touchdown on a pass by quarterback Deshaun Watson with one second left on the clock. But according to head coach Dabo Swinney, there was one reason Clemson won.

Overcome with emotion, Swinney credited the “love” his team shared for their national championship victory. Dabo Swinney has been, if nothing else, a quote-machine since taking over as head coach for the Clemson Tigers football team. From phrases like “BYOG: Bring Your Own Guts” to countless others, Swinney has been wildly entertaining from A to Z. So when his Tigers were able to dethrone the Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday night, it was on to see what the coach would say.

And just as you would expect and hope, an emotional Swinney got a microphone in front of him and delivered another gem of a speech.

While getting choked up several times while talking with ESPN, Swinney covered a ton of ground. Sure, he hit the same notes that he has all season. The head coach talked about getting Clemson football back to the pinnacle of the sport and about Deshaun Watson being the best player in the country. However, there was one quote that stood out – and that will likely be remembered well after. Swinney said that he told his players that “love” would win the game on Monday night, talking about the love that his players and team shared. In his pregame talk, he told his players, “We cannot lose this game – because of the love we share with each other.”

It will be interesting to see what’s next for Swinney and Clemson. With Watson and many others, there’s a lot of talent walking out the door after this season. However, they can’t have this 2016 title taken away from them. And no matter what happens, Dabo Swinney, Clemson’s inspirational and emotional leader, will be at the helm.

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Cody Williams writes for Bleacher Report. With a degree in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Cody is also a contributor to He can be followed on Twitter @TheSizzle20.

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