WATCH: Nick Saban tells Mike Tyson the Alabama team he's most proud of
The media sometimes asks Nick Saban questions he won’t answer. That also happened recently to boxing legend Mike Tyson.
Tyson spoke to Alabama’s team this past week, and during his visit with Saban, Tyson asked the Tide’s coach who his best team has been while at Alabama. Saban wouldn’t answer that specific question, but he did tell Tyson the team he’s most proud of.
That moniker, according to Saban, is the 2011 team that beat No. 1 LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship. Alabama featured its best defense ever under Saban anchored by linebackers Dont’a Hightower, Nico Johnson and Courtney Upshaw. The secondary was loaded, too, with Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, DeQuan Menzie, Dee Milliner and Robert Lester.
The Tide was quarterbacked by AJ McCarron and headlined by running back Trent Richardson and a strong offensive line.
Alabama lost its regular season game against LSU 9-6 in overtime, but it got revenge on LSU by not letting the Tigers’ offense cross the 50-yard line in the national title game. It shut out LSU 21-0.
“I can’t say it was the best team,” Saban told Tyson. “I would say it was the team I was most proud of. The team that lost to LSU and then beat them in the national championship game. They didn’t cross the 50-yard-line. That’s how we played. We had great players, don’t get me wrong. And the (regular season) game here was like 9-6. They scored on the last play of the game to kick a field goal at 6-6 tie.”
The video was shared by ESPN’s Chris Low:
Mike Tyson turned reporter on Nick Saban and asked him who his best team was at @AlabamaFTBL. Saban wouldn’t go there, but said the team he was most proud of was the 2011 team that lost to LSU at home and then came back and beat the Tigers in the national title game. pic.twitter.com/Nz9HYEZeI1
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) August 10, 2019