FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — During his Tuesday morning news conference, Alabama coach Nick Saban revealed what he does with his national championship rings.
“I just put them on the coffee table for the recruits to look at.”
He said he doesn’t keep mementos of his great seasons.
“I don’t really wear any of the championship rings, never have,” he said. “You know, I think the satisfaction, enjoyment, comes from the fact that you know you did your best to be the best, you could be at what you were trying to do, and by the accomplishment itself, that’s where the self-gratification comes from. We don’t really kind of need to wear a ring and go like this so everybody says, look what I’ve got. I mean, that’s just not my style.
You know, and we appreciate what everybody in the organization did to accomplish it, and very, very proud of their commitment and effort and hard work and all that they had to overcome to accomplish it.”
Through all those big wins, Saban has gotten a pretty good idea at what a Gatorade bath feels like. He revealed what it’s like.
“It’s cold, it’s sticky, but I appreciated not getting hit in the head with the bucket. That was an improvement,” he said.
“But I really pride myself in being able to anticipate what’s coming next, you know, anticipate what the next problem in the organization is, anticipate what we need to solve, what we need to focus on, what we need to work on, and I’ve never been able to anticipate the Gatorade coming. I don’t know what’s up with that.”