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Julio Jones Had Some Nice Things To Say About Alabama And Nick Saban

Julio Jones heaped praise on Alabama football and head coach Nick Saban today, attributing the two to his success in the NFL.

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is in his sixth year in the NFL, and in roughly a week he'll play in his first Super Bowl. A highly-touted recruit coming out of high school and a No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft, he's the rare case of a player that not only lives up to the hype, but exceeds it in every way possible. Right now, he's arguably the best wide receiver in the game.

Forget the fact that he's a 6-foot-3, 220-pound freak of nature (although that definitely helps), it takes more than just physical gifts to be an elite athlete. And today, Jones gave praise to his old coach Nick Saban, and to the Crimson Tide football program he used to flourish in, making clear they were instrumental in his success as a football player. Check it out:

Jones was a part of the 2009 Crimson Tide team that went 14-0, winning the BCS National Championship game over the Texas Longhorns.