While Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has a reputation for being a stern and humorless man, there is mounting evidence that he isn’t that way with his players. The stories regarding Saban constantly giving players variations of the internet-popular “Deez nuts” jokes are one such example. Former Alabama running back Josh Jacobs and current Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa both told Dan Patrick about the practice in 2019:
he reason this is back in the news cycle is from Alabama safety Jordan Battle’s media availability Tuesday, where he delivered some particular examples of Saban’s “Deez nuts” jokes:
Perhaps the funniest moment in Alabama player interviews in my 12 years covering the team. pic.twitter.com/WXs4aiWlqr— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) September 14, 2021
Casagrande stated on AL.com that he had already asked other players about Saban’s remark, so he asked Battle about it. In contrast to Casagrande’s prior interviewees, Battle chose a different approach:
I’d been asking some of the older players if they had any favorite Saban sayings after sixth-year senior Chris Owens rattled off a few word for word after the game Saturday.
Perhaps Battle heard a few as a junior who plays in the secondary that Saban helps coach more than any other position. Owens was rattling off a few of the folksy, old-time motivational quotes he’s heard a million times from Saban.
Battle was thinking more like Jacobs.
“Not that I can think of right now because he has so many,” Battle began as he thought about it, “but there are a few I like.”
“He’s always talking about ‘touch deez’ or ‘suck on deez.’ All that.”
If anything, this just shows that we need to get Saban in some more PG-13 to R-rated commercials.
Source: MSN Sports