Alabama Football: Nick Saban calls it a career

Rose Bowl Game - Alabama v Michigan
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There is shocking news out of Tuscaloosa as Nick Saban has told his team he's retiring via Chris Low of ESPN. Nick Saban departs college football as the greatest coach of all time winning Seven National Championships, 11 SEC Championships, the MAC Championship, many Coach of the Year awards, and produced many top-tier NFL Players. Nick Saban changed the lives and careers of thousands of lives between players he's coached and coaches he's helped get head coaching jobs across all of college and professional football.

Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa during the dark ages of Alabama Football following dark years under Mike Shula, Mike Price, and Dennis Franchione and built Alabama Football into an empire. Nick Saban immediately turned the program around bringing in Alabama Football legends like Julio Jones and Mark Ingram to help win his first National Championship at Alabama in 2009. Saban would then win back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012 building a true college football dynasty. He would win three more titles in 2015, 2017, and 2020 with the 2020 team ranking among some of the greatest in college football history.

Nick Saban through winning and respect became a voice for the sport as a whole being a guiding light through several massive changes to the sport. He voiced opinions on guidelines through changes to the transfer portal and name, image, and likeness helping mold the sport. He was an advocate for social justice allowing his team to show they're more than just football players but, people with valuable opinions.

Saban leaves the Sport as the greatest coach of All-Time with a 297-71-1 record and Seven National Championships. Saban went 17 straight seasons at Alabama with winning seasons ranking eleventh all-time.

Alabama Football: A day that will shake the sport forever

Nick Saban's retirement means more than just a loss to Alabama Football but, a loss to the entire sport. He became the face of college football through utter dominance of the game. Saban developed hundreds of players who'd go on to play in the NFL and hundreds more coached under him and were able to get better jobs because of it. Seeing any coach besides Nick Saban on the Alabama Football sideline will be a shock and will feel weird for years to come. But, for now, it's thanks for everything coach, giving Alabama Fans a great product to root for and the sport a villain to hate.

News via: Chris Low ESPN

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