Derrick Henry, who won Heisman Trophy at Alabama, reveals hilarious Nick Saban pet peeve


Nick Saban’s departure from school soccer after his legendary profession, notably with the Alabama Crimson Tide, has led many to replicate on his years within the sport. 

The most recent story comes from certainly one of his former operating backs, Baltimore Ravens star Derrick Henry, who shared some hilarious tales about his outdated coach. 

Henry joined “The Pivot” with former NFL gamers Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder and Fred Taylor, the place he stated the “old skool” Saban had pet peeves everybody who performed for him knew about. 


Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban speaks to reporters March 2, 2016, exterior the West Wing of the White Home. (Cheriss Could/NurPhoto/NurPhoto by way of Getty Pictures)

“He couldn’t stand anyone scoring then desirous to have fun afterward,” he stated. 

That grew to become obvious to Henry throughout one Alabama group assembly. 

“We had been in a gathering after a sport – I forgot who we performed,” Henry recalled. “He pulled up movie and exhibiting everyone. He’s speaking about, ‘You guys, cease doing that showboating, doing all that prayer fingers, appearing such as you’re thanking God. Then, afterward that night time, 12 o’clock, you down there, obtained Black & Milds, obtained liquor. You’re chasing (ladies). Overlook all that.”


It is no secret Saban was an old-school, no-nonsense coach. His type produced outcomes, and he wasn’t going to alter that. 

Over time, clips of him at observe have surfaced wherein he’s yelling at future NFL stars.

Following his stunning retirement, Saban revealed a dialog he had together with his spouse Terry that led him to stroll away from the sport. 

Nick Saban coaches in the CFP

Alabama head coach Nick Saban reacts after operating again Jase McClellan scored a landing in the course of the second half of the Rose Bowl CFP NCAA semifinal sport in opposition to Michigan Jan. 1, 2024, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Picture/Kyusung Gong, File)

“All of the issues I’ve believed in for all these years — 50 years of teaching — not exist in college athletics,” Saban stated whereas on a panel in Washington, D.C., with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz had requested if the “present chaos” in school sports activities, particularly relating to NIL offers and the switch portal, led to his retirement. 

“It has at all times been about growing gamers, at all times been about serving to folks be extra profitable in life,” Saban added.

“My spouse even stated to me — we now have all of the recruits over on Sunday with their dad and mom for breakfast. She would at all times meet with the moms and speak about how she was going to assist influence their sons and the way they’d be properly taken care of. She got here to me proper earlier than I retired and stated, ‘Why are we doing this?’ I stated, ‘What do you imply?’ She stated, ‘All they care about is how a lot you’re going to pay them. They don’t care about the way you’re going to develop them, which is what we’ve at all times completed. So why are you doing this?’

“To me, that was form of a purple alert that we actually are making a circumstance right here that’s not useful to the younger folks, which is why I at all times did what I did. My dad did it, I did it. In order that’s the rationale I at all times like school athletics greater than the NFL, since you had the chance to develop younger folks.”

Derrick Henry and Nick Saban pose with Heisman Trophy

College of Alabama operating again Derrick Henry and College of Alabama head coach Nick Saban pose with the Heisman Trophy at a press convention after the 81st Annual Heisman award ceremony in New York Metropolis.  (Wealthy Graessle/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Pictures)


Saban already has a brand new gig in school soccer. ESPN introduced he’ll be a part of its ranks. Saban, who owns probably the most nationwide titles of any school soccer head coach in historical past, can be featured on “Faculty GameDay” and different applications subsequent season. 

Henry was the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner whereas enjoying for Saban. He additionally helped the Crimson Tide defeat Clemson within the 2016 nationwide championship sport, dashing for 158 yards and three touchdowns. 

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