Nick Saban Reveals Stats About Alabama’s NFL Players

Nick Saban was the trainer of Alabama football program since 2007, and during his tenure, 106 players were drafted to an NFL team until ’21.

The program saw a record six first-rounders in last season’s draft and will most likely add a few more players to Saban’s ever-growing roster after the 2022 NFL Draft. Sports Illustrated has two Alabama players in its first round of mock draft.

On Tuesday, the 70-year-old coach was asked if he would make any chances to enter the transfer portal, a hot topic these days in college sports. While admitting he was unable to make changes to the governing body’s legislation, Saban commented on the number of former Crimson Tide players who made it to the major league. He emphasized one eye-catching statistic: how much money combined they made.

“Someone gave me a stat that our players have made $1.7 billion playing in the NFL since 2007,” Saban said, via AL.com. “And all of these guys didn’t play when they were freshmen. They didn’t all play when they were in second grade. They didn’t all even play when they were juniors, but they all evolved.

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Highest paid former Alabama footballer currently in the NFL, Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper, who is currently still under his five-year, $100 million contract originally signed with the Cowboys.

Saban also mentioned how he focuses on developing players throughout their college careers, a quality NFL teams look for in a player.

The coach mentioned Mac Jones, the current Patriots quarterback and former Alabama starter. Jones didn’t see much playing time until his junior year, when he was the starter. It took him a while to get to where he was, and now he finished as the rookie quarterback stats leader in the 2021 NFL season.

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