Alabama football got to see many defensive players shine in the NFL.
NFL teams across the country have Alabama football players on the roster. There are plenty of teams that have Alabama studs on the defensive side of the ball. After another week of games, the shining moments came on interceptions for one certain Alabama alumni.
Last week, Alabama running backs dominated in the NFL. We now get to see multiple interceptions from a fan favorite. The best player in the week was Minkah Fitzpatrick. Minkah had two interceptions for his Steelers against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Minkah got half of Pittsburgh’s interceptions in this game. Terrell Edmunds had two interceptions of his own. The Pittsburgh defense has continued to carry the Steelers to an undefeated record. That was the third and fourth interceptions for Minkah this season, and he now has 11 career interceptions.
Minkah was traded to the Steelers last season, and he has paid dividends so far.
However, Minkah wasn’t the only Alabama football alum to have a great day this week. Derrick Henry shined for the Tennessee Titans against the Baltimore Ravens. Henry dominated against the Ravens in the NFL Playoffs last year, and he did similar things against them in this one. Henry wore them down as the game progressed, but his final snap sealed the deal for the Titans. He led Tennessee to a comeback win in overtime with a long touchdown run.
Henry is always a handful, but he has been Baltimore’s Kryptonite. Over the course of the game, he just becomes too much for one defense to handle. This was a battle of Alabama football Heisman winners between Henry and Mark Ingram. Henry won by a landslide.
Damien Harris had a career day last week, and he followed it up with a solid performance. He had less than 50 rushing yards, but he scored for the New England Patriots. He will almost certainly see his role increase over his NFL career with the Pats.
Calvin Ridley also had a solid game with 96 receiving yards against the rival Saints. All in all, Alabama football fans should be proud of what their former players did this week in the NFL.