The sports world is reacting to Nick Saban announcing his retirement as Alabama's coach

Reactions to retirement Alabama football coach Nick Saban:

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“Coach Saban is the GOAT!! Thank you for believing in a young man from Flint, Michigan. He helped me become a champion on the field, but more importantly, a champion in LIFE. Enjoy your retirement coach, you earned it!! I love you, coach Saban, ROLL TIDE!!” — Mark Ingram II, former player, 2009 Heisman Trophy winner and national champion with Alabama

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Enjoy your retirement Nicky my boy! Hell of a coaching career. Thank you for helping so many young men achieve their goals and dreams #RMFT.” — Dont'a Hightower, former player, consensus All-American at Alabama and two-time national champion (2009, 2011)

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“He was on the alert and as adamant about college football as he's ever been. So, 'Poker Face.'” — Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz, who learned the news during a radio show, on Saban's participation in a Zoom call with other SEC coaches a few hours ago.

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“I want to wish Coach Saban the best in this next chapter of his life. Winning a national championship while being a part of his team will always hold a special place in my heart. His impact on football is immeasurable, as evidenced by the many coaches who served on his teams and went on to lead their own programs at a high level. As one of the most influential coaches in my career, I can't thank him enough for what he's done for me, the great state of West Virginia and college football! Thank you, Coach!” — Marshall coach Charles Huff, who was an assistant coach at Alabama in 2019 and 2020.

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“WOW! College football just lost the GOAT to retirement. WOW! I knew it was going to happen in 1 day, but not this soon. The game has changed enough to drive out the GOAT. College football, let's raise our mirrors and say Honestly what do you see .” — Deion Sanders, Colorado football coach

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“I think he is the best coach in the history of football. There are a lot of great coaches, but what he did and the consistency with which he did it — in an era where you have so many people and things coming at you — is remarkable.” — Tom Izzo, Michigan State basketball coach and longtime friend of Saban's

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“Time for Pop to get back in his rocking chair.” — Sedrick Irvin, a star running back for Saban at Michigan State and an intern on his team at Alabama during the 2008-09 seasons.

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