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Former Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey hilariously details origin of Nick Saban’s “deez nuts” joke

Nick Saban smiling on the field as Alabama is in practice
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We will not see Jordan Battle speak to reporters for a long time, but we can appreciate the originator of the “deez nuts” joke to Alabama head football coach Nick Saban.

As tough as he is, Coach Saban keeps a sense of humor.

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It was one of his former players that introduced him to the joke. During Wednesday’s player interviews for the Baltimore Ravens, Marlon Humphrey hilariously detailed the origin of it.

A native of Hoover, Ala., Humphrey played cornerback under Saban from 2014 to 2016.

He was on three Southeastern Conference championship teams (2014-16) and a College Football Playoff national title team in 2015.

Since being drafted at No. 16 in 2017 by the Ravens, Humphrey has become of the best corners in the NFL. When the joke was brought up to him, Humphrey laughed and talked about he and Saban’s relationship.

“You know, me and Coach Saban go way back,” he said. “And honestly, I just used to be talking and he is so locked in that I didn’t know if he listened to what I said. But, shoutout to Jordan Battle. I would not have said that in the media, but now that it’s out there, Saban is a good jokester. I am happy that I left my mark with the guy. So, that is my comment on it.”

He has so much quotable material, but Saban’s best line came from one of his players.

Maybe it can lead to a NIL deal from Planters.

Saban and the Tide will face Florida on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “watch” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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