Nick Saban suddenly began preaching an inspirational motto last Saturday. He implored his players to be “extraordinary,” because “ordinary men” could not get the job done.
The Alabama coach used this language in television interviews and in the postgame press conference after ‘Bama whipped UGA, 38-10, in Athens.
As it turns out, Saban was not the one who invented that language.
That’d be late, great Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. According to Saban — who spoke on his weekly radio show Thursday night — a player from the 1975 Crimson Tide team gave the current ‘Bama coach a letter the player had received from Bryant.
Its message stuck.
“If you’re ordinary, you can’t be successful and doing what we’re gonna do this season and try to win a championship,” Saban relayed. “He said, ‘But we have extraordinary people.’ And that’s kind of how our players reacted.”
— SEC Country (@seccountry) October 8, 2015