It worked best because he never saw it coming.
A surprise birthday party for Nick Saban, who turns 60 today, was held before a team meeting late last week. Offensive lineman Barrett Jones set the scene.
“We had the lights off when he walked in and yelled, ‘Surprise!’” he said.
The players signed an Alabama jersey with the No. 60 on the back. Saban wasn’t sure how to take it at first.
“I held that thing up and said Saban and 60,” Saban said. “First of all, I wasn’t thinking about age. I was thinking I’m a skill player. There’s no way I can sport this 60. I’ve got to have a lower-than-50 number of some sort. That’s how I feel and that’s how I think.”
Jones said the birthday boy seemed to enjoy the surprise.
“Yeah, he smiled,” Jones said. “He seemed very happy. He was a little taken aback by it. He quickly said thank you and then moved on to his speech for the day.
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