Published December 15, 2011 - 2:08pm
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We all knew that Nick Saban had the same stoic personality as his statue outside of Bryant Denny Stadium. There was just never that one moment that epitomized his football robot persona. Until now…
Heath Evans, former fullback with the Patriots, Saints and the Nick Saban led Miami Dolphins recently had this to say about his former coach.
“Jeno James, our best offensive lineman at the time, comes in and collapses after practice, uh, vomiting all kinds of stuff that would make a billygoat puke, eyes rolled in the back of his head. Myself, about four other lineman are trying to carry him from the locker room, to the training room. Obviously it’s a moment of panic, everyone, you know, we don’t know if this guy’s, you know, gonna die, I mean, the whole deal. But he’s so big and sweaty and heavy that we actually have to set him down in the hallway between the locker room and the training room. Nick Saban literally just starts walking in, steps over Jeno James convulsing, doesn’t say a word, doesn’t try to help, goes upstairs, I don’t know what he does. But then obviously they get Jeno trauma-offed to the hospital. Saban calls a team meeting about 10:30 that night, comes down and says, ‘You know, the captain of the ship can never show fear or indecision, we’ve always gotta have an answer, and so I had to go upstairs, that’s why I walked over Geno like that, I had to collect my thoughts and decide what’s best for our team.”
“He showed no human emotion for one of his best players,” Evans explained. “He literally stepped over him when four or five grown men are trying to carry Jeno to the training room.”
If you need a hug, get a Teddy Bear. If you need to win, get a Saban XWIN5000. Joy and compassion aren’t necessary when there are football games to be won.