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Nick Saban Shows Loyalty to Alabama, Extends Contract Through 2028

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When you think of college football, you usually find yourself thinking about Alabama. When you think of Alabama, you then think of the common denominator behind its prolonged success:

Nick Saban.

Saban is widely considered the greatest coach of all time throughout all sports. He has established himself as a football savant with his unrivaled success with the Crimson Tide.

Entering his 15th season at Alabama, Saban has led the Tide to six national championships over the past 12 seasons. With one of his championships coming with LSU, Saban’s seven titles are the most by any head coach all-time. Saban has also led the Tide to seven SEC Championships and an overall record of 170-23 since his arrival. This domination has made the decision of locking him in for eight more years an easy one for Alabama.

Extension Details

With this agreement, Saban’s current contract is extended by three seasons. This solidifies his role as the Tide’s head coach for the next eight seasons. His base salary and talent fee of $8.425 million for his present contract will increase annually throughout its remaining duration. Also included is a contract completion benefit of $800,000 at the end of his 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025 years. This equates to Saban having an average annual salary of more than $10 million over the course of the contract.

Saban mentioned in a recent statement that he and his wife, Terry, “are pleased and happy to sign another contract extension that will keep us in Tuscaloosa through the end of our career.”

Saban has an incredible love for the game and has never really shown any signs of slowing down. He will turn 70 in October, but the thought of retirement is a thought that seems to be buried deep. He plans to coach as long as he’s “physically able and making a positive impact on the players and the program.”

Saban’s NFL Impact

It’s no secret that Alabama is known for consistently producing NFL Draft picks. Nick Saban and his success with the program have carried that tradition on tremendously.

Saban has sent 106 players to the NFL as draft picks during his time at Alabama. What’s even crazier is that 39 of those have been first-round picks and another 21 have been second-rounders. Some of the greatest players in today’s NFL donned the crimson and white during their collegiate days with Saban.

Derrick Henry (2x Pro Bowler, 2x rushing yards leader, and 2020 NFL Offensive Player of the Year), as well as Julio Jones (2x First-team All-Pro, 2x receiving yards leader, and 7x Pro Bowler), have been faces of the NFL in recent history.

Former Alabama RB Derrick Henry poses with his 2020 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award as well as his 2020 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year award after his 2020 season with the Tennessee Titans. (Photo/Nashville Post)

Giving Back to the Community

As if Nick Saban couldn’t possibly give the people of Tuscaloosa Alabama anything more, he has also been a huge benefactor for the community off the field. 

Since he arrived in 2007, Saban and his wife Terry have raised close to $10 million for charity through the Nick’s Kids Foundation. The couple has also cooperated with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild houses that were devastated by a tornado in 2011.

Nick Saban speaks at one of the homes that was rebuilt due to his efforts with Habitat for Humanity. (Chris Pow / al.com)

The Powerhouse Lives On

Don’t count on Alabama’s college football dominance to go anywhere anytime soon. Nick Saban is the visual representation of success, hard work, and consistency. His coaching ability as well as his extreme personability as a recruiter have been second to none and have provided the blueprint for success in NCAA football.

“Coach Saban is the best college football coach in the nation and one of the greatest coaches of all time in any sport, and we are extremely fortunate that he has agreed to another contract extension at Alabama,” said Greg Byrne, University of Alabama Director of Athletics. “From the success of his teams on the field to the accolades off the field and the accomplishments in the classroom, we could not be prouder of this program and what Coach Saban has done to create a championship culture in all aspects.”

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