We already know Alabama’s defense came to hit Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

But, uh, they really came to hit Watson.

The Crimson Tide made that more than evident on this monster hit on Watson during a quarterback scramble on third-and-15 in the third quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Ouch. But good job by Watson to hold on to the ball.

That’s a gutsy run by Watson. It didn’t go for a first down, but that’s the type of effort that energizes a team. It’s a “this is the national championship game” type of effort.

It may not have been smart, but it’s what you do in a game like this.

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