Unbeknownst to many, the hard-nosed competitor is a devout Catholic, who along with his wife Terry actively supports the Catholic student center at the University of Alabama.
Nick Saban didn’t become the winningest coach in college football history by being a nice guy. Known for his all-business, hard-nosed approach to the sport, Saban expects a lot out of his players in terms of preparation and execution on the field. And they deliver.
In his 15 years as head coach at the University of Alabama, Saban has become a legend, leading his team to six national championships. In 2020, with the team’s victory over Ohio State, Saban broke Bear Bryant’s record for the most championship titles in college football history.
On Monday, January 10, he and the Alabama Crimson Tide (No. 1) will once again be vying for the National Championship on Monday, January 10, against the University of Georgia (No. 3) Bulldogs.
What might be surprising to some who don’t know him is that Saban is a devout Catholic and sees his faith as central to his success as a leader. He sees his investment in his players as people as paying dividends for them in their lives long after the last whistle is blown.
“I go to church”
In 2020, following a victory in the SEC Championship, Saban surprised football fans when asked on the SEC Network whether he planned to watch a program announcing the College Football Playoff selection.
“I go to church from 11 to 12, so they’re going to have to either schedule it at a different time, or I’m going to find out when I get out of church,” Saban answered, as reported by ChristianHeadlines.com.