TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Alabama coach Nick Saban said during Saturday’s national championship celebration he never has been prouder of a group than he is the 2012 Crimson Tide team.
“To repeat, to win back-to-back national championships is one of the hardest things to do in any sport,” Saban said.
Saban made his comments at the school’s celebration of the national title, which Alabama clinched with the 42-14 win over Notre Dame on Jan. 7 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Saturday events included a parade and remarks by athletics director Mal Moore, university president Judy Bonner, Alabama team captain Barrett Jones and Saban in a ceremony on the north side of Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Saban closed his remarks with a nod to the Alabama fans.
“We have the greatest fans in the land,” Saban said, “and that makes this special to be a part of. We thank you for that, and roll tide.”
Here’s video of Saban and his wife, Terry Saban, during the parade: