Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog spotlights Alabama coach Nick Saban’s priceless quote that ESPN announcer Kirk Herbstreit quickly referenced before last night’s national championship game.
Caught up in the pomp and circumstance of ESPN’s pregame coverage, many viewers may have missed what Herbstreit said.
But, others, like me, savored Saban’s words and vowed to employ them again during moments in our lives when simple, sage counsel is required to inspire teammates, family and friends.
Just before kickoff, Herbstreit quoted Alabama coach Nick Saban as telling his players, “You deserve to be here tonight, but you are entitled to nothing.”
Wow! What a wise quote from an extraordinarily successful coach. Saban showed the maturity and practicality to recognize that his team needed to hear and comprehend such a catalyzing comment.
Now, sports pundits can add the Alabama coach’s modest, motivational quote alongside anything ever uttered by other college football luminaries Paul “Bear” Bryant, Frank Leahy, John McKay, Jimmy Johnson and Urban Meyer.
Saban’s simple statement smacked of brilliance and served as impetus for his surging, yet still underdog Tide team entering last night’s championship contest.
Certainly, Alabama deserved to be there in the University of Phoenix Stadium. However, as Saban so clearly elucidated, college football’s most successful program was not entitled to this year’s title based on its unrivaled history of success.
They needed to grab it all by themselves against the previously undefeated, first ranked Clemson Tigers on college football’s biggest stage. That was Saban’s message, and the 45 – 40 outcome proved it.
Tide fans, and even college football followers who despise the obsessive, workaholic Saban, should all agree with the poignant words spoken by the now five-time national championship winning coach.
The Tide may not have been entitled to the title going into last night’s game. However, based on how they played, Alabama deserves being called national champions.
Nick Saban’s simple, but profound pregame quote was priceless!
And, that’s my 2 cents.
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