Nick Saban isn’t the first coach to gather his team for a movie before a big game. Just about everyone does it to a) keep the team together and players out of trouble before a game and b) provide a little last-minute motivation. For that reason, Saban’s go-to flicks for big games — which he revealed yesterday — are all underdog-type movies:
“The players really like, ‘Cinderella Man,’ they like ‘Seabiscuit,’ they like ‘Secretariat,’ they like ‘Gladiator,’ and Tom Cruise being the samurai soldier, ‘The Last Samurai.’ Those are probably the five of the ones we’ve watched before big games that the players really, really like. That’s kind of the go-to five.
The thing about it is you’ve got to wait about five years until everybody graduates. Once you’ve seen them, you can’t show them over and over.”
Saban also said “Miracle,” the Kurt Russell movie about the 1980 US Olympic hockey team draws a positive response from his troops. You might say he gives those films two thumbs up.