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Happy Monday, everyone. Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl ring last night, and with that football has officially left us until the fall. Fortunately we have a good basketball team to root for this year. On the football side, pickings are a little slim right now.

Derrick Henry won NFL Offensive player of the Year.

No player in NFL history has rushed for as many yards (2,027) and touchdowns (17) in the same season. The Tennessee Titans running back produced the eighth-ever 2,000-yard campaign, and the fifth-highest total.

It all added up to Henry being voted 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, as announced during Saturday’s NFL Honors ceremony.

Henry tallied 32 votes en route to winning the award, with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes notching five votes each.

The MVP has become a “best QB” award, but this is a nice consolation. Derrick had a season for the ages in the first season of his new deal, which is always good to see.

Despite all of the turnover, Alabama is the betting favorite to win the 2021 national title.

The Bryce Young era begins now at Alabama and he’s in good hands with playmakers around him. The heralded five-star played in mop-up duty this fall behind the Crimson Tide’s first-team All-American and new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien will try and pick up where outgoing play-caller Steve Sarkisian left off. Alabama will replace a number of key starters, including Heisman winner DeVonta Smith and Doak Walker Award winner Najee Harris, but the Crimson Tide have elite-level talent awaiting their opportunity. Brian Robinson should be one of the SEC’s top ballcarriers.

The offense will have some growing pains to be sure, but the talent is there. It’s tough to imagine this group not being among the nation’s best again, and the defense should take another step forward.

247sports puts the historic 2021 class in context.

With elite safety Terrion Arnold making the choice to ink with Alabama last week on National Signing Day, the Crimson Tide flexed the most impressive class of all-time. Alabama’s average player rating of 95 this cycle is also a record. Heading into April 2020, Saban’s program wasn’t even ranked inside the Top 10 nationally, but that’s when a monumental surge happened and his staff began taking names off the board in rapid succession. Despite no in-person contact, Alabama rattled off commitments from five-star wide receiver Jacorey Brooks, offensive tackles JC Latham and Tommy Brockermeyer, edge rusher Dallas Turner and defensive tackle Damon Payne, all from late April to early summer, to shape the best haul ever.

110 individual players had a composite rating higher than Alabama’s class average. There were 361 blue chips, meaning that Alabama’s class average would rank in the top third of those. Not too shabby.

Last, Jaylen Waddle spoke with Max Kellerman about various topics, including his reason for playing in the championship game.

I think Max wants the Giants to draft him. Can’t be sure, though.

That’s about it for today. Have a great week.

Roll Tide.