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Former Alabama player will have special tribute to Nick Saban on NFL Draft night

Alabama defensive back Terrion Arnold (3) runs the ball against USF at Raymond James in Tampa, FL on Saturday, Sep 16, 2023.
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He meant everything to every player he coached, but Nick Saban will be in for a treat on night one of the NFL Draft.

Terrion Arnold, a native of Tallahassee, Fla., learned a lot from Saban in three years at the University of Alabama. 

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He came as a five-star athlete in the 2021 signing class, but Arnold leaves as one of the best defensive backs in his class.

He was at his best last season, collecting a team-high 12 pass breakups and five interceptions. Arnold propelled a defense to a Southeastern Conference Championship, and nearly helped Saban to a national championship. One of the most genuine people of the Saban era will honor the legend on Thursday, April 25 in a salmon suit. The salmon suit is a classic attire of Saban. He wore it for spring games and regular season matchups. It allowed his players to understand he had a sense of style and swagger.

Arnold shared his decision for the salmon suit on The Paul Finebaum Show.

Most draft pundits have Arnold as their first cornerback off the board in the draft.

Tide fans are excited to see how he does in the pros. 

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

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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