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Former Alabama QB is ‘happy as hell’ for Nick Saban enjoying his retirement

Alabama head coach Nick Saban on the field giving signals before the Rose Bowl against Michigan.
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Nick Saban has such a profound, incredible impact on his players for 17 years at the University of Alabama.

He was a father figure for many of them, mentoring them to winning on the field and in life. 

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AJ McCarron, a three-time BCS National Champion in the Saban era, is returning to the St. Louis Battlehawks of the United Football League (UFL) after being released from the Cincinnati Bengals. The 33-year-old had an interview with Simone Eli of WKRG TV in Mobile, Ala. McCarron, a Mobile (Ala.) native, talked about how happy he is for Saban enjoying retirement.

He also joked about being ready to whip his former coach in golf.

“I just told him how proud I was of him,” McCarron said about Saban announcing his retirement. “What an absolute run it was, and hell it’s time for him to go enjoy his grandkids, enjoy life, and play some golf. I told him I’m coming as soon as this season is over with and I get a break, I’m coming to whip his ass in some golf and get some of that NIL money I missed out on.”

McCarron said he is ‘happy as hell’ for Coach Saban to enjoy life after a legendary coaching career.

He won two BCS National Championships as a starting quarterback under Saban in 2011 and 2012.

McCarron became the winningest quarterback in the Saban era with a 36-4 record in three years as a starter. He came to the Crimson Tide as a four-star prospect in the 2009 recruiting class from St. Paul’s Episcopal High School.

McCarron still holds the Tide’s all-time career mark for passing yards (9,019). 

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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 “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.


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