Nick Saban Thanks Powerade in this Prayer

For $4 million, you get a lot of things from your coach. You get 20 ↵hours of constant, focused effort a day. You get endless film study ↵and recruiting so relentless Rick Neuheisel would say you're overdoing ↵it a bit. You get the kind of attention to detail that makes ↵secretaries weep, janitors double scrub the baseboards for fear a 3 ↵a.m. inspection will result in a vicious tirade the next day, and can ↵make grown men cry. You get the full force manstorm that is Nick ↵Saban, all 5-foot-7 of him, and you get it right in the face for as long ↵as you're signing the checks.* ↵

↵Don't say he's not tender, though. Like Ricky Bobby before him, Nick ↵Saban will sign babies. ↵

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↵That's a tattoo gun, by the way, not a pen, but never mind. So compelling is ↵the aura surrounding Saban that the child sits quiet as a lamb while ↵Saban tattoos "The Process" on her leg. Later, it will be discovered ↵that the child is immune to radiation, can play a perfect free safety ↵in a Cover 2 scheme, and has no need for sleep, companionship, or food ↵other than Oatmeal Creme Pies. When she takes the oath of office to ↵become Alabama's first female governor after a successful career as ↵the only woman to play in the NFL** while teaching physics full-time ↵at Cal Tech, you'll know where it all started. ↵

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↵*Offer not valid if pursued by particularly alluring pro program. ↵
↵**Besides Jeff George ↵

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↵(H/T to Friends of the Program on the picture.) ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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