Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban Retires: ‘An Incredible Run’

Photo from Nick’s Kids Foundation’s Facebook

Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban Retires: ‘An Incredible Run’

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Six-time College Football Playoff National Champion and Alabama football coach Nick Saban announced his retirement from the game last week.

After 17 years of coaching at the University of Alabama, Saban decided to hang up his whistle for the final time.

Saban’s wife, Terry Saban, known as “Miss Terry” to the Alabama community, confirmed the news in a Facebook post. She wrote, “It has been an incredible run these last 17 years at the University of Alabama and we take with us many amazing memories. We hope that the Saban legacy will be about helping others and making a positive difference in people’s lives as well as the winning tradition on the field.”

“…The rules for the game of football may change, but the ‘process’ will never go out of style: hard work, discipline, the relentless pursuit of a worthy goal, not cutting corners, and doing things the right way for the sake of constant personal improvement, not for the scoreboard,” Miss Terry continued. “Alabama will always feel like ‘Sweet Home’ to our family, and we’ll be cheering ‘Roll Tide’!”

Although Saban has coached at multiple colleges and even dipped his toes in the NFL, his marriage has been one constant throughout his career.

The couple have been married for over 50 years, but their story begins in seventh grade. At the time, Saban said, “she would never ever date me.”

“She was from the city… She was the Queen Bee [at East Fairmont High], the drum majorette and all that stuff. I just could not get a date,” he said. “And here I am, the country bumpkin out here pumping gas every day.”

Finally, in high school, Terry gave Saban a chance, and the couple married in 1971.

Saban credits his wife for keeping him accountable and challenging him to become a better person, as he often struggled with his temper and media perception.

“I changed my whole image as a coach, and it started with changing my image with the media and the people,” he said. “It helped in so many ways like recruiting, relationships with players… so that’s probably one of the most important lessons she ever gave me.”

The couple also founded their non-profit, Nick’s Kids Foundation, “to work together in the spirit of faith and giving in our community. To promote and support children, family, teacher, and student causes. It’s all about the kids!”

Per PEOPLE, “Throughout their careers at LSU, the Miami Dolphins and Alabama, the Sabans have invested their time in hosting golf tournaments, scrimmages and other events to benefit the cause such as their annual Giveaway Luncheon, which ‘serves to distribute grants to support children, family, teacher and student causes.'”

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