In a conversation with Mark Schlabach, Nick Saban says Alabama is his first job that he doesn't view as another step along his coaching career path. Sure, that's the sort of thing he's said before, as in shortly before he left LSU for the NFL. But he also explains how he figured out during his time in the pros that the NFL wasn't for him:
"Everybody think it's the NFL players who are hard to get along with. I loved the NFL players and it was never a problem. It's just the rules of parity in that league make it difficult to create any advantage for yourself. I always thought my advantage was I was willing to outwork everybody to get better. ... I missed college players and I missed helping guys develop personally, academically and athletically."
Saban has a reputation among college observers as perhaps the sport's greatest workaholic. But in the NFL, he was just another guy who woke up at 3:36 every morning and left the office around 3:19 the next morning. He had a very short commute, maybe.
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