Nick Saban is everywhere right now.
He’s on TV, radio, ESPN The Magazine and podcasts. His brand is growing, and it’s the continued evolution of Saban, who’s always recruiting for Alabama.
Author James Andrew Miller’s podcast, titled Origins, has covered ESPN and personalities on the network, as well as pop culture topics. Miller’s latest podcast series centers around Saban, and the first episode was released Wednesday.
It features the likes of Saban’s wife, Terry, Scott Cochran, Lane Kiffin, Joe Girardi, Barrett Jones and Greg McElroy. Saban now makes over $10 million annually at Alabama, but things certainly didn’t start out like that. The Sabans had humble beginnings from a coal mining town in West Virginia.
While the podcast is certainly worth the listen, Terry’s story about her husband at the very end jumped out.
“Way back when our first NFL job — I want to say we were with the Cleveland Browns, and we won our first playoff game, which gave us our first huge bonus,” Saban’s wife said. “In our mind, it was a huge bonus; it was probably $8,000. It was the first time we got a real chunk of money for winning some big championship. In my mind, I’m thinking, ‘Ok. Pay off the Visa bill. Get a Baby Grand Piano. Go to the beach.’ I’m thinking about all these wonderful things we can do with that check.”
Her husband, however, had different ideas.
“And I’ll never forget Nick came home, and he said, ‘I think it’s time we did something for your parents.’ My dad was a coal miner and everything he had was the Cleveland Browns — sweatshirts and coats and hats and jackets. We arranged to pay off his mortgage on his house, which, you know, not a lot but at the time it seemed like a lot. It was once less thing they would have to worry about on a monthly basis. So, we did. We paid off the mortgage and got the title to the house and stuffed it in the pocket of the Cleveland Browns jacket. I’ll never forget him opening that jacket and putting it on and tipping his hat and laughing, saying, ‘Man, I love it.’ I said, ‘Check your pocket, dad.’ And he reached in and saw the title,” Terry said crying, “to the house, and he said, ‘Now, I can die in peace.’
“But that’s the way Nick is, and people don’t see that side of him”
While the media certainly sees Saban for his salty press conferences, there’s a different side to him that many don’t see. We think that’s a big reason why Saban is on different platforms right now in the media; he’s growing his brand and relate-ability to high school prospects.
You can listen to the full podcast below:
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