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Former Alabama LB Ryan Anderson apparently finds NFL training camp easier going than summers under Nick Saban.

Former Alabama LB Ryan Anderson: Tide practices ‘a little bit rougher’ than NFL training camp

Joe Clarkin

Alabama football didn’t reach its lofty status under Nick Saban without some hard work. Saban’s practices and daily regiment are famously grueling, with the goal of making game days seem easy by comparison.

It appears that approach has taken hold of at least one former Alabama star.

On Friday, Washington Redskins rookie Ryan Anderson was asked about how Saban’s program prepared him for the NFL. The former Crimson Tide linebacker had an interesting response. According to USA Today’s Michelle Martinelli, Anderson said that Alabama practices “are a little bit rougher than here.”

That “here” is Washington’s training camp, where Anderson is trying to make a name for himself. A second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft (following Washington’s selection of fellow Crimson Tide star Jonathan Allen in the first round), Anderson figures to see the field quite a bit in Year 1.

He can thank Coach Saban’s practices for the preparation.