Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has been in the coaching business for a long time. Over the course of his career, fans have gotten to know the future Hall of Famer through his interactions with the media.
Although he’s been doing this for nearly 50 years, there was one thing in particular fans didn’t know about Saban. What was his favorite NFL team growing up?
Well, on Thursday night, Saban finally put those questions to bed. During a radio show tonight, the seven-time national champion revealed he grew up rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Saban said he grew up a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. His dad took him to one Steelers game a year and one Pirates game,” Alabama reporter Michael Casagrande revealed on Twitter.
Saban said he grew up a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. His dad took him to one Steelers game a year and one Pirates game.
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) September 3, 2021
Saban grew up in West Virginia just under two hours away from Pittsburgh, so his fandom makes sense. He could have chosen to root for another nearby team, but he was somewhere in no man’s land when it comes to rooting interests.
Thankfully the Steelers – and Pirates – were there for him to root for. Saban has another connection to the Steelers as well.
When he played football collegiately at Kent State, he played alongside future legendary Steeler Jack Lambert.
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