Nick Saban has announced his retirement from the Alabama football team after 17 seasons.

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By theusabulletin.com

‘‘The University of Alabama has been a very special place to Terry and me,‘‘ Saban said.
‘‘We have enjoyed every minute of our 17 years being the head coach at Alabama as well as becoming a part of the Tuscaloosa community.
‘‘ Saban spent 28 years as a college head coach at Toledo (1990), Michigan State (1995-99), LSU (2000-04) and Alabama (2007-23).
He won seven national titles in those 28 years, his first at LSU in 2003 before capturing six championships at Alabama (2009, 2011-12, 2015, 2017 and 2020).
‘‘Simply put, Nick Saban is one of the greatest coaches of all time, in any sport, and The University of Alabama is fortunate to have had him leading our football program for the past 17 seasons,‘‘ said Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne.
‘‘Throughout his career as a head coach, his teams have won seven national championships, 11 conference championships and 312 games, and he’s developed an NCAA-record 49 NFL first-round draft picks and, most importantly, hundreds of college graduates.
Terry have touched countless lives in our community and the state of Alabama with the work they’ve done through the Nick’s Kids Foundation.
While his time as our coach may have come to an end, his legacy will live on forever.
‘‘ Saban’s teams won three national championships during the Bowl Championship Series era and three more after the start of the College Football Playoff.
In 10 seasons of the CFP, Saban’s Crimson Tide teams qualified eight times.
‘‘Words cannot adequately express our appreciation to Coach Saban for his exemplary leadership and service to The University of Alabama over the past 17 years,‘‘ said Alabama President Stuart R.
Terry are tremendous ambassadors for The University of Alabama and our community and we celebrate their many contributions and indelible legacy.
His teams won a combined 11 SEC titles, going 11-1 in SEC Championship Games, including nine at Alabama (9-1 record) and two at LSU (2-0 mark).
In Saban’s six national championship seasons at Alabama, his teams went 21-2 against top-10 opponents, and, since 2008, the Crimson Tide was 37-15 overall against top-10 teams.
Saban coached four Heisman Trophy winners, joining Notre Dame’s Frank Leahy for the most in college football history.
The Alabama program had just six individual national award winners when Saban arrived on campus, but Crimson Tide players have secured 60 national awards since 2008.
His players at Alabama have won 66 All-America honors by 58 different individuals over the past 16 seasons.
Eight players have been named two-time All-Americans along with 46 consensus honors and 25 unanimous selections.
became the first two-time unanimous All-American in Alabama history.
Saban’s success has also translated to NFL success for his players with a record 49 players chosen in the first round of the draft (44 at Alabama).
His Alabama players have been paid over $2 billion over the last 16 NFL seasons.
Alabama’s success on the field over the past 17 seasons has coincided with the Tide’s success in the classroom.
Since Saban’s arrival in 2007, Alabama football has seen a total of 656 degrees earned, including 103 master’s degrees.

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