Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide suffered one of the most improbable losses in college football history back in the 2013 Iron Bowl.

Everyone knows the moment — the 109-yard return of a missed field goal by Chris Davis to give Auburn the win, now dubbed the “Kick Six.”

In a new book by sports editor John Talty, former Alabama player Christion Jones reveals that Saban was among the Tide players and coaches brought to tears by the loss (via

“You walk in and everyone is crying. Fifty percent crying and 50 percent tearing up,” former Alabama running back and kick returner Christion Jones says in the book. “Coach Saban was in tears — he could barely talk. His face was red. Everyone was emotional; it was a funeral moment.”

With such a devastating loss, it’s hard to imagine not being emotional in that moment. Alabama went on to lose the Sugar Bowl to Oklahoma that year, too. But, of course, since that moment, the Tide have won 3 additional national championships under Saban, taking home the crown in 2015, 2017 and 2020.

Talty’s book, “The Leadership Secrets of Nick Saban: How Alabama’s Coach Became the Greatest Ever” is available to order. Check it out here.