Nick Saban has “closed the door” on the NFL. He means it.

January 10, 2013

Nick Saban says a person can’t have enough eggs. (David J. Phillip / AP)

Really, Nick Saban couldn’t be any clearer.

He is not interested in going back to the NFL. Period. End of paragraph.

“I don’t know how many times I have to say it,” Saban said on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” show Thursday morning mere daysafter his Alabama team repeated as the national champion. “You guys don’t believe it. Every time I do an interview, I have to say the same thing and you all don’t believe, so why do I have to keep saying it? I closed the door. Now it’s two days later and you’re asking me to close the door again. The damn hinges are wore out.”

Saban’s last go-round in the NFL ended poorly when the left the Miami Dolphins for the Crimson Tide after two seasons in which he went 15-17. On the college level, he’s 154-55-1 with four national titles. Given that his last words in Miami were “I’m not going to be the Alabama coach,” you can see how someone might question him closely on his intentions. He swears, though, that he prefers the college system. 

“I didn’t feel like I could impact the team the same way that I can as a college coach in terms of affecting people’s lives personally, helping them develop careers by graduating from school, off the field, by helping develop them as football players, and there’s a lot of self gratification in all that, all right,” he said.

“I kind of learned through that [NFL] experience that maybe this is where I belong, and I’m really happy and at peace with all that. So no matter how many times I say that, y’all don’t believe it, so I don’t even know why I keep talking about it.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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