At Alabama, Nick Saban doesn’t rebuild. He reloads. Every year he replaces important pieces on the offense, defense, and special teams. Every year he and the Tide hardly skip a beat. There are no off days for this football addict.
So it’s not a total surprise the 67-year-old is back to work just two days after undergoing hip replacement surgery. But man, that’s commitment to the job. Most of us would try to stretch a many days away from the office as humanly possible.
Maybe fudge the truth a bit to H.R. (don’t read this, H.R.). Little white lies never hurt anyone.
Saban explained why he was back to the grind so soon.
“I did some rehab at home [on Tuesday] and threw away the walker after one day,” Saban told ESPN. “I’ve got a cane, and I’m rolling now.” Saban added that the six hours he was home on Tuesday with nothing to do was “like torture. I don’t know how people do it.”
It’s impossible to overstate how singular our coaches are in their football focus. Not being at the practice facility is tantamount to being in jail. I wouldn’t be shocked to learn they’d prefer jail because at least there you could run some pick-up games.
Still, kudos to Saban on the tough older gentleman stuff. Always impressive.