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Nick Saban, Miss Terry release statements on retirement from Alabama football

The royals have spoken.

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The inevitable day that no Alabama fan ever wanted to think about has come, as the greatest coach in college football history has announced his retirement. As anyone who has followed him would expect, he went out with class.

“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. It is not just about how many games we won and lost, but it’s about the legacy and how we went about it. We always tried to do it the right way. The goal was always to help players create more value for their future, be the best player they could be and be more successful in life because they were part of the program. Hopefully, we have done that, and we will always consider Alabama our home.”

In this era of me-first self promotion, the man who refused to get on social media didn’t orchestrate an attention seeking farewell tour. He waited until the college football season had ended, and quietly called a team meeting to tell his players that he was finished. Nick often jokes that “they don’t make ‘em like they used to,” and proves that point daily.

Miss Terry also released a statement through the Nick’s Kids foundation.

Countless words have already been written about an unprecedented legacy, and there will be more to come. Many have lamented the fact that we don’t get to read Cecil Hurt’s column tomorrow, as nobody could tell the story like him. The memories are cherished, and the moment bitterweet.

One thing is for certain: Nick and Terry Saban are Tuscaloosa royalty.

May they enjoy retirement together.

Roll Tide.