Nick Saban ‘didn’t talk to one NFL team last year’ despite interest

Alabama football coach Nick Saban is one of the top head coaches in the nation.

After winning the national championship last season, Saban has once again led the Crimson Tide to the No. 1 ranking in the nation and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

With all of his success at the college level, there has been plenty of interest from NFL teams.

But would the Alabama coach ever consider a return to the pros? According to his comments at a press conference on Thursday, you shouldn’t count on it.

“I didn’t talk to one NFL team last year, they know who to call: Jimmy Sexton has been with me for a long time,” Saban said, via Pro Football Talk. “He calls me and says, ‘Are you interested?’ And I say ‘no’ and that’s it. That’s as far as anything ever went with any team.

“It’s certainly flattering that somebody would have interest, but at this station in life, from a family standpoint, from a personal standpoint, we’re excited about the challenges we have in trying to continue to have a successful program at Alabama and we haven’t entertained any other opportunities outside the opportunities we have at Alabama.”

During his last NFL stint with the Miami Dolphins, Saban compiled a 15-17 record.

Saban then returned to Alabama, where he has had great success in the SEC. With top recruits consistently flocking to his program and the Crimson Tide seemingly always in contention for a national title, there’s no reason to believe Saban would bolt for a job with less security.

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