Before turning into the greatest coach in college football history at Alabama, Nick Saban was trying to build a Super Bowl contender with the Miami Dolphins. However, things reportedly went off the rails during his tenure with the team.
Earlier this week, Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer shared an interesting story involving Saban’s tenure with the Dolphins. He said the Alabama coach nearly fought Daunte Culpepper and Zach Thomas.
“Nick Saban, the reason why he didn’t make it in the NFL, Daunte Culpepper tried to fight him one day and the security guy stepped in,” Glazer said on The Herd. “And then I think his final straw is that he questioned Zach Thomas’ toughness and Zach almost kicked his butt. That just doesn’t work on this level.”
The reason Glazer brought this story up is because he was asked about how Urban Meyer will handle the transition from college to the pros.
Saban has gained a ton of respect over the past two decades, but the NFL world is baffled by the fact that he nearly fought two players in his locker room. On the flip side, some fans don’t blame him for leaving – especially since Thomas was one tough player.
if zach thomas was tryna beat me up i’d never want to be in the same league as him too
— 🍀 (@abbasr368) January 19, 2021
The odds of Saban returning to the NFL are quite slim. After all, he won’t have to worry about players fighting him at the collegiate level.
And just think, if Nick Saban had gotten his wish way back when at Miami and the Dolphins had signed Brees, Saban might still be in the NFL and Alabama might still be trying to get out of what was a fair to middling rut. History twists and turns like the Mighty Mississipp'.
— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 18, 2021
Saban’s methods are clearly working with his student-athletes. Every season he constantly sends a handful of players to the NFL. Also, we haven’t heard about any altercation in the Crimson Tide’s locker room.