We got a little glimpse into the life of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban on Sunday night, and, as a surprise to no one, it was terrifying. Saban, who is not shy about his feelings toward people or things that he finds mediocre, held nothing back in a piece that included the dismantling of a small child’s confidence.
Saban never lets up. No matter the stage. On a sweltering June day when he could have taken the afternoon off, Saban was instructing young campers as if he was preparing to play LSU. Even the simple act of handing out camp certificates turned into a life lesson.
Here is .gif of the encounter. This poor child got Saban-ed at summer camp.
This is what it looks like when your hero crushes your soul:
To relive the moment in full, I’d recommend watching it in the regular piece, which can be found on CBS News. It occurs at the 5:50 mark, but there is no reason to skip forward. Instead, watch the entire piece and learn how the meticulous perfectionist became the ultimate antihero. Also, take note of his surprisingly normal wife, the only person in the world who could put Saban in his place.
If you think Saban needs to get a life, well, you’re not alone. But in a profession that is a minefield for couples, he’s been married to his grade-school sweetheart Terry for 42 years.
Armen Keteyian: What’s the secret of you two staying together?
Terry Saban: Besides winning?
Armen Keteyian: Yeah. That helps.
Terry Saban: That does help.
Saban was also recently profiled in GQ Magazine. The piece was adequately titled “Sympathy For the Devil.” In it, we learned that Saban really likes rock music and doesn’t like you if you don’t like rock music, but don’t be offended because he probably wasn’t going to like you anyway. Not even if you were thanking him for something he did for your child.
Just before he reaches his Mercedes, Saban is approached by an Alabama fan who wants to thank the coach for signing a football for his son. It meant so much to the boy, the man says. Saban gives the man a confused look, as if not comprehending how this large animate object had suddenly appeared in his path, and gets in the car without saying a word.
He also doesn’t like it when students leave early and doesn’t understand tailgating, but we forgive him for everything because he wins. Winning cures all and Saban has proven that with his lack of respect for any social or societal norms during successful stints with different college programs. He’s going to do wonders at Texas next year.
[via 60 Minutes]
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