Nick Saban provided great advice that helped Jonathan Allen deal with a crushing loss to Clemson in the national championship game.
Speaking on The Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network on Tuesday, the former Alabama defensive lineman said Saban told the team “1 game doesn’t define you.” Those words remained close with Allen after the Crimson Tide lost to the Tigers 35-31 during a thrilling national title game in Tampa, Fla., in January.
Check out below to see what Allen told Finebaum on the subject.
“It was definitely tough, but the biggest thing I took away from Coach Saban was the fact that he said 1 game doesn’t define you, (no matter) if we had won the game or we lost the game. I kind of used that as a way to help me cope with losing the game, but it was tough. It really was tough to really go out like that. I felt bad for the seniors who have been through so much the last 4 years. I feel bad for Coach Saban. I really wanted to get that win for him. But it was tough. But it’s all part of the game. You’re not going to win them all.”
That loss had to be a tough way for Allen and others within Alabama’s locker room to end the season. The Crimson Tide had enjoyed a successful year, and it looked as if Alabama would claim a second consecutive national title until Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson led the Tigers to a game-winning touchdown in the final moments at Raymond James Stadium.
Still, it’s smart of Allen to take Saban’s advice to heart. His career was larger than 1 game. In time, Allen should be able to look past that painful defeat and appreciate what was accomplished during his time at Alabama.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 18, 2017