Alabama head coach Nick Saban is set to make $11.125 million this season, a salary that Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw called “shameful.”
However, not everybody feels that way, including one of Saban’s former players.
Marquis Johnson, who was a defensive back for the Crimson Tide from 2006-09 and played three seasons under Saban, gave his take on Saban’s high salary figure in a recent article by Sports Illustrated.
“Here’s what I will say,” Johnson told SI. “I don’t need Nick’s salary. Saban deserves that $11.5 million, like [NBA superstar] LeBron [James] should make $100 million.”
But that wasn’t all Johnson had to say about money. He also touched on the controversy of whether college athletes should be paid.
“I look at the grand scheme of things,” Johnson says. “I provided a product and we [won] every year. If I’m Nick Saban, I should make that money, but we have enough money where my players should make that money, too.”
Johnson had three career interceptions while at Alabama, then went on to play two seasons with the Rams in the NFL.