56+ Best Nick Saban Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Nicholas Lou Saban Jr. is an American football coach who has been the head football coach at the University of Alabama since 2007. Profoundly inspirational Nick Saban quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Nick Saban Quotes

The opponent should never determine your level of competitive spirit. Nick Saban

Mediocre people don’t like high achievers, and high achievers don’t like mediocre people. Nick Saban

One thing about championship teams is that they’re resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, they find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity. Nick Saban

When you invest your time, you make a goal and a decision of something that you want to accomplish. Whether it’s make good grades in school, be a good athlete, be a good person, go down and do some community service and help somebody who’s in need, whatever it is you choose to do, you’re investing your time in that. Nick Saban

Every time you think of winning the national championship stop. Instead, think of what you have to do to dominate your opponent for sixty minutes. Nick Saban

Now, everybody always says there’s no I in team, but there is an I in win, because the individuals make the team what it is, and how they think and what they do is important to the team. So when you act like the individual is not important, well, it is damn important who these people are and what they are. Nick Saban

In my three decades of coaching, I’ve learned that the process is much more important than the result. Nick Saban

One thing I always tell players is that there are three bad things Nothing good happens after midnight, nothing good happens when you’re around guns unless you’re going hunting, and you don’t want to mess around with women that you don’t know because a lot of times, bad things happen. Nick Saban

In life, your road map is knowing what you want to accomplish then committing yourself to doing the things necessary to reach that destination. You cannot get there without hard work and perseverance. Nick Saban

When you have the ability to affect other people and be somebody that somebody wants to emulate, care enough to help somebody else for their benefit, that’s what makes you a good teammate, and that’s what everybody’s looking for. Nick Saban

The major by product of creating a mission statement and vision for you or your organization is that it creates a culture of expectations. If you have clearly defined who you are and where you want to go, then there is no longer any need for debate about it everyone knows what to expect. Nick Saban

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When people have success, one of two things happen. They either get really satisfied and want to keep thinking about it and talking about what they did, or the success becomes a little addictive, and it makes them want to keep having more. Nick Saban

There are two pains in life. There is the pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. If you can handle the pain of discipline, then you’ll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment. Nick Saban

My wife goes to Birmingham five times a week. My mom lives in Birmingham now after moving from Myrtle Beach. It’s not just the job. A lot of people don’t get that. My life is here. Nick Saban

I think everybody should take the attitude that we’re working to be a champion, that we want to be a champion in everything that we do. Every choice, every decision, everything that we do every day, we want to be a champion. Nick Saban

One thing about championship teams is that they’re resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, they find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity. Nick Saban

Becoming a champion is not an easy process. It is done by focusing on what it takes to get there and not on getting there. Nick Saban

We all have anxiety about things. We all have little insecurities, but eventually you have to face your fears if you want to be successful, and everybody has some fear of failure. Nick Saban

Discipline is not punishment. Discipline is changing someone’s behavior. Nick Saban

Soccer is a continuous game, rugby is a continuous game, but for the physical elements that are involved in playing a football game and the number of plays that you play, I don’t know that it was ever intended to be a continuous game. Nick Saban

One thing I always tell players is that there are three bad things Nothing good happens after midnight, nothing good happens when you’re around guns unless you’re going hunting, and you don’t want to mess around with women that you don’t know because a lot of times, bad things happen. Nick Saban

What makes Freddy Krueger such a horrible character? What makes him scare you to death? You can’t get rid of the guy. He never goes away. Nick Saban

We create a standard for how we want to do things, and everybody’s got to buy into that standard or you really can’t have any team chemistry. Nick Saban

Teachers are always trying to inspire people to do better, to learn, to grow. That’s what we do, and we’re proud of the success we’ve had here doing that, and it’s something we’ll certainly continue to do. Nick Saban

There’s two parts of leadership. You’ve got to be a good leader you’ve got to be somebody that people want to emulate and care about the other people. But the other guys that you have have to accept their leadership. They have to respond to it. That’s the chemistry that you never know how that is going to happen. Nick Saban

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Everybody thinks when I say a guy is a good game manager, that’s a negative, but I think it’s a real positive. You have the ball in your hand every time when you’re a quarterback. Whether you’re handing it off or throwing to somebody, I think that’s extremely important. Nick Saban

We all have anxiety about things. We all have little insecurities, but eventually you have to face your fears if you want to be successful, and everybody has some fear of failure. Nick Saban

There’s certain things that I was taught growing up about not quitting and seeing things through. I think if I would have come home and told my dad that I was going to quit the team, I think he would have kicked me out of the house. I don’t think I’d have a place to stay. Nick Saban

So I want everybody to think here for a second. How much does this game mean to you? Cause it if means something to you, you can’t stand still. You understand? You play fast. You play strong. You go out there and dominate the man you’re playing against and you make his ass quit. That’s our trademark. That’s our M.O. as a team. That’s what people know us as. Nick Saban

I want everybody here to know, this is not the end. This is the beginning. Nick Saban

If I were a high school coach, I would put my best players on offense. The best athletes on my team, I would give them the ball and score points. I wouldn’t play them on defense. I would play them where they can get the ball and score points. Nick Saban

We have three kinds of guys on our team. We have guys that get it they play good they understand how to play winning football. We have some guys that are trying to get it, and they are working hard every day? We are supporting them, and we want the guys that have it to support them. Then we have some guys that don’t get it and don’t know that they don’t get it. We are trying to replace them. We only have a couple left. Nick Saban

I think when you win the national championship, it works throughout your team. Where human nature is to say, I did well. I got my quota this month. Now do I get some time off? Do I get a bonus? Do I get to go on a cruise? But it’s not to keep trying to be the best. That’s not necessarily human nature. Nick Saban

We’re not going to talk about what we’re going to accomplish. We’re going to talk about how we’re going to do it. Nick Saban

There’s two parts of leadership. You’ve got to be a good leader you’ve got to be somebody that people want to emulate and care about the other people. But the other guys that you have have to accept their leadership. They have to respond to it. That’s the chemistry that you never know how that is going to happen. Nick Saban

There are two pains in life. There is the pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. If you can handle the pain of discipline, then you’ll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment. Nick Saban

One of the easiest shots in golf is chipping. It should be the easiest. It’s like throwing a ball or pitching pennies. It’s easy. And I struggle with that, and the struggle is all mental. Nick Saban

I don’t think it’s about who you play, I think it’s about who you are. Nick Saban

I don’t know that there’s any particular scientific evidence that you could say, more guys get hurt in this offense versus that one, or hurry up, or whatever, but everything that we’ve ever done in the ncaa is about exposure. How many exposures does a player get? Nick Saban

Everybody hits me up for eating Little Debbies, but no one passes that cookie jar without taking one. Nick Saban

I certainly like to win. But I really hate to lose. So when you think about that, you’re always motivated to, I don’t want to lose the next game. I don’t want to lose the next game. Nick Saban

Success doesn’t come from pie in the sky thinking. It’s the result of consciously doing something each day that will add to your overall excellence. Nick Saban

Rex Ryan does a lot of the same kind of stuff that we do in terms of how they play in the secondary and what they do. Nick Saban

What happened yesterday is history. What happens tomorrow is a mystery. What we do today makes a difference the precious present moment. Nick Saban.

You can control your own destiny a little bit better in college. It’s hard to control all the variables, especially with the salary cap and things like that, in pro football. You can’t keep your team together, and you are going to have more changes all the time. Personnel decisions aren’t always made by you, especially who you bring to your team. Nick Saban

A good process produces good results. Nick Saban

I don’t know how many times I’ve been 114 yards from the hole and made double bogey. Well, I hit a great drive, but it doesn’t matter. It’s only the next shot that matters. Nick Saban

You can’t win together if you don’t work together. Nick Saban

There needs to be somebody that looks out for what’s best for the game, not what’s best for the Big 10 or what’s best for the sec or what’s best for Jim Harbaugh, but what’s best for the game of college football the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players, and the people that play it. Nick Saban

I don’t throw it as much, as I get older, Saban said. That’s really what’s hard on those straw hats,  when you sort of sling them when somebody doesn’t do what they are supposed to do. Nick Saban

I don’t think I’m complicated at all. I’m not political, and I’m not trying to be diplomatic. I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, and I don’t say bad things about people. There is no agenda. There’s no trying to fool somebody. Nick Saban

I remember how scared to death I was as a little kid of Santa Claus. Nick Saban

If I say I like one person, that means everybody that voted for the other person doesn’t like me. So, why would I do that? Nick Saban

If we just didn’t do that kind of stuff, we wouldn’t have to worry about it. Nick Saban

I think I’m pretty misunderstood, because I’m not just about football. Nick Saban

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