Minkah Fitzpatrick Thanked Iowa Player for Playoff Spot

Although perhaps joking, Alabama defensive back was grateful towards an Iowa Hawkeye this week.

Alabama was the final team included in the four-team College Football playoff on Sunday even after Ohio State beat Wisconsin to win their conference championship. The main reason the selection committee chose Bama over the Buckeyes it seems was an ugly 31-point loss Ohio State suffered to Iowa way back in November.

Fitzpatrick crossed paths with Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell in Charlotte this week as both were finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

“I thanked Josey Jewell this Monday when we were in Charlotte,” Fitzpatrick said, smiling. “I just said thank you for beating up on Ohio State.”

Jewell’s response?

“He said he was just doing his job,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick is another player that’s been doing his job all year long, and extremely well. He’s a finalist for the Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back, as well as a finalist for the Bednarik Award given to the defensive player of the year.

Thanks to Iowa, Alabama will face No. 1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on January 1st. If they emerge victoriously, they’ll face the winner of the Rose Bowl between Oklahoma and Georgia.