5 Things You Need To Know About Da’Ron Payne

5 Things You Need To Know About Da’Ron Payne

Da'Ron Payne

Da’Ron Payne is a force. Standing at 6 feet, 2 inches and weighing in at 308 pounds, Payne uses every ounce of his considerable strength to manhandle interior offensive linemen and stop running backs in their tracks. Yet, the burly tackle is still quick enough to chase down players half his size.  

Want proof of his dominance? Look no further than this year’s national championship. He was a rock in the trenches, tallying up six tackles and slowing down a dangerous Georgia offense when the game was on the line. 

And now, he’s ready for the biggest step yet in his career – pro football. But before he’s wreaking havoc on Sundays, let’s take a second to break down why this Alabama alum in tailor-made for today’s modern game. 



The Crimson Tide’s win over Georgia felt extra sweet because of how the previous year ended – with a heartbreaking loss to Clemson in the title game. “This year’s win definitely felt like redemption,” Payne said. “We definitely weren’t going to leave without that trophy.”  



We mentioned the impressive stats Payne put up during the championship, but even those doesn’t fully explain how dominant he was. He seemed to live in the Bulldog backfield, providing constant pressure and shutting down opposing running lanes. The stage was the brightest and Payne was ready to rise to the occasion. “I could tell we needed that,” Payne explained. “That’s just what big-time players do. When it’s time to shine, you need to go out there, put on a show for your team, and do everything you can to help your team win.” 



Sure, being a sack artist may be more glamorous, but Payne is focused on becoming a complete player. His explosive pass rush skills are matched by his dominance against the run. “For me, it’s all about using my strength to win at the point of attack,” he said.  



Payne definitely has his own unique playing style, but when asked who he grew up watching, he lists guys such as Marcell Dareus, Nick Fairley, and Ndamukong Suh. That’s some good company to keep. 



Off the gridiron, Payne has a unique hobby – collecting retro cars. “That comes from my dad,” Payne said. “He always had old-school cars. One day, he gave me one, and after that I took it and ran with it.” A ’97 Impala is currently the crown jewel of Payne’s collection, but expect that to grow even more once he hits the pros.  


Thanks to Da’Ron Payne for his time and make sure to check out the Eastbay Blog for more exclusive stories on the biggest names of the 2018 rookie class.

Return To The Top: Alabama Secures Another National Title In Epic Fashion

Return To The Top: Alabama Secures Another National Title In Epic Fashion


85 combined points. 40 scored in the fourth quarter. The most passing yards and receiving yards by a single player in National Title Game history. A punishing performance from one of college football’s best players to the tune of 36 carries, 158 yards, and 3 scores. We hope you didn’t miss a second of this year’s National Championship game, because it was an instant classic.

Before Nick Saban’s team could win their fourth title in just seven years, they had to survive a jaw-dropping performance from Clemson QB Deshaun Watson. The sophomore threw for a record-setting 405 yards and 4 TDs in addition to the 73 yards he tallied on the ground. He seemed simply unstoppable.

So, early in the fourth quarter, after Alabama settled for a field goal to tie the game at 24 and with Deshaun ready to take the field again, Coach Saban made a decision that turned the tides (pun intended) of the game and is sure be talked about for decades. He called a surprise onside kick. With a perfect kick from ’Bama kicker Adam Griffith, the Tide easily recovered and quickly scored two plays later to take the lead for good.

A huge factor in Alabama’s 45-40 win was their high-powered offense, led by the National Player of the Year Derrick Henry. The bruising running back got things rolling in the first with a 50-yard rumble into the end zone for the first score. Henry would continue to dominate as the game went on, but his squad’s passing game got a huge performance from an unlikely contributor: TE O.J. Howard.

Despite never getting more than 70 receiving yards in a game during the season, Howard exploded for two scores and 208 yards. His two TD receptions went for 53 and 51 yards. Incredibly, his longest catch of the game surpassed both of those, reaching 63 yards.

What a game. Whether you are a lifelong, die-hard Alabama fan or just want to commemorate this epic win, Eastbay has all the national title fan gear you need right here. Roll Tide!