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Saban Touts Bama’s NFL Production

When NFL teams draft Nick Saban players, television commentators usually make a point that NFL teams want “Nick Saban players.”  But speaking at an Alabama booster event last night, Saban says it’s his past players’ NFL successes that have made Bama a target for pro scouts… not his own background.

“I think it’s history through the years of the number of guys we’ve had drafted from our program that have done extremely well — even some free agent guys who have had really good careers,” Saban said in Mobile.

“We play a pro-style offense and defense and have that kind of program, but we also teach our players.  Some people protect their players and kind of coddle them.  We get criticized sometimes — we support our players in every way and we have a great staff, and I’m talking about a great support staff as well — but we have a set of principles and values that are going to help our players be successful.  We support them in that, but they they’re also responsible for their own self-determination.  So when they get to the independence of the NFL, they can handle it and they can manage it because they’re not shocked by it.”

In other words: “Yeah, we’re tough on ‘em, but it’s for their own good.”

The draft results certainly bear that feeling out.


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