Former Alabama defensive back De’Quan Menzie has already accomplished more than many could ever dream of. You can add making fun of Nick Saban to his list of achievements.
Menzie, who was a part of Nick Saban’s 2011-12 National Championship team at Alabama, officially became a Mississippi Highway Patrol officer this week, along with 56 other cadets. That’s according to a report from News Mississippi.
Coming from Alabama and a brief NFL career, Menzie is no stranger to hard work. But he says becoming a highway patrol officer was a different kind of challenge.
“It was one of the worst things I’ve ever been through in my life,” Menzie told News Mississippi’s Steven Gagliano. “Coming from an NFL background, you would think football is harder, but it’s not.”
He’s still got his sense of humor, too. Menzie was asked to compare the discipline handed down by Saban and that of an instructor. Turns out, they’re not all that different.
“It was about the same, my ears are still bleeding from it.” Menzie said.
Menzie played a big role for Saban’s national title squad in 2011. He played in 13 games, recording 41 tackles and 4 tackles for loss. Menzie also returned an interception for a touchdown and recovered a fumble that season. He was picked in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
In a world where not all players can make a living playing professional football, it’s good to see someone like Menzie succeeding away from the gridiron.