The alabama Crimson tide 2016 national championship Victory
As a true freshman in 2013, Henry rushed for 382 yards on 36 carries with three touchdowns. During the 2014 Sugar Bowl, he rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and had a 61-yard touchdown reception. Sharing time with T. J. Yeldon his sophomore year in 2014, Henry rushed for 990 yards on 172 carries with 11 touchdowns.
After Yeldon left for the NFL, Henry took over as the starting running back as a junior in 2015. Playing in all 15 games, he rushed for SEC records 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns on 395 carries. Henry won the Heisman Trophy, beating out Christian McCaffrey and Deshaun Watson. He won numerous other awards including the Doak Walker Award, Walter Camp Award, and Maxwell Award. During Alabama's victory over Clemson in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, he rushed for 158 yards on 36 carries with three touchdowns. During the game, he also broke Shaun Alexander's record for most career rushing yards in Alabama history.
University of Mississippi head football coach, Hugh Freeze grew up with the dream of being in the Sugar Bowl Championship one day. He had this dream as a boy because reaching the Sugar Bowl was the pinnacle of football success in the Southeastern Conference. It has been said that a goal is just a dream until you write it down. Well, when Freeze became the head football coach at Ole Miss he wrote his goal down. This written list of goals he called, “The Journey”. The Coach Freeze Journey was written down and on that list, #7 was that the Rebels would play in the Sugar Bowl. On January 2, 2016 that sweet dream became a reality. Head Coach Freeze told his team as they readied for the Sugar Bowl that this was their time. He said, “There is a time to cry, a time to laugh, this is your time, don't miss out on your moment”. This was the Rebs moment. The night of January 2, 2016 their dream and Freeze’s dream of a Sugar Bowl Championship went from a goal and to a reality.
Denny Chimes Champions
Everyone who has been to Tuscaloosa undoubtedly has heard or seen the Denny Chimes. The tower was named in honor of George H. Denny, who served as university president from 1912 to 1936 and then again in 1941. Seen in the sky are various key players from National Championship victories including Amari Cooper. The iconic trees on the quad can be seen in the background.
Measure of A Man
The Measure of a Man painting serves as a tribute to current St. Louis Cardinals Manager, Mike Matheny. America’s Sports Artist, Rick Rush created this painting to tell Matheny’s story of character and integrity with visual symbols that detail both the sporting events and the mission of Matheny’s life.
Sales from these handcrafted serigraphs will go to benefit the Pujol's Family Foundation
An age-old adage that “Defense wins championships” proved to be the theme of the 2014 Egg Bowl for The University of Mississippi against No.4 ranked, Mississippi State University. The Ole Miss defense, known as the “Land Sharks”, was a swarming force to be reckoned with on November 29th, 2014 in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Oxford, Mississippi. Under the spreading umbrella of trees, the revelry of “The Grove” and a packed home stadium, Coach Hugh Freeze and the Rebels defeated State 31-17.
Right on Course (Bubba Watson)
Known for incredible shot-making, mammoth drives, a hot pink shafted driver and an electric personality, Bubba Watson is a true all American superstar. Bubba grew up the small town of Bagdad Florida where he began the game of golf at age 6. He was given a cut down 9-iron from his father and learned to play the game by hitting wiffle-balls around the house. More interestingly, the only golf lesson Bubba received was from his father at a very young age and he has not had a lesson since. He is truly a self-taught golfer.
Coach Nick Saban
Witnessing how Coach Nick Saban has returned The University of Alabama football program to the glory of former years and become one of, if not the number one college football coach in America, was a great encouragement for me to capture him as the Coaching Pillar of this current era of Crimson Tide football. Having had the opportunity to work with Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant on several occasions, it was my desire to put Coach Saban in a mirror-image position as the other Bookend with Coach Bryant of the Modern University of Alabama Football Era. As Coach Bryant looks back over the rich heritage and history of Alabama Football, Coach Saban is looking forward to the future of where Alabama Football is going.
Destiny Defeats Dynasty
One of the wonderful opportunities I have is to suspend in space and time extraordinary events in the history of this Sporting Life we all are living. By capturing these events visually in a painting others can relive, remember and relish those events. Such an event was the missed field goal by Alabama with one second left on the clock and the historic run back by Chris Davis and the Auburn University team of 109 yards, with no time left on the clock, to win the 2013 Iron Bowl over Alabama, 34 to 28. It had never happened before in Modern NCAA College Football History, but now it has, and Auburn and Chris Davis did it. As ESPN said, "They will be chasing him forever"; and they will!
The "Stronger Than Ever" painting that was commissioned by DEAF Inc of St. Louis started very quietly. The original idea was to capture the influence that the deaf community has had on our culture of Sports in America. But as I began to research the Mission and Vision of DEAF Inc. I realized that their story was much bigger and grander than simply influencing the world of sports. Their Mission and Vision is to fight for the Freedom and Justice of deaf and hard of hearing people. They do this by Educating, Encouraging, Empowering and Enlightening those in our country who are deaf and hard of hearing. After I recognized the Hurdles and the Mountains that the deaf have to Climb and Conquer, I realized that the story of "Stronger Than Ever" was much bigger than we had initially planned. As the understanding of DEAF Inc's Mission and Vision grew, the idea and size of the painting to capture this huge story got bigger. It went beyond just doing a painting of the deaf community's impact on the world of sports, It became this big idea of telling the story of the Strength, Growth and Progress of the deaf in America and the World. So, I decided to tell the Big Story in my painting of DEAF Inc's Passion to fight for the Rights and Freedoms of the deaf and hard of hearing in America and to visually capture the Big Idea that they are "Stronger Than Ever".