Nick Saban and Bill Belichick used to sneak out to concerts together when the two now-legendary coaches were in Cleveland.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban made another pass on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday and it did not disappoint. Patrick, one of the industry’s best at engaging with and pulling information out of guests, dove back into music with Saban, something the two discussed at length during a 2012 interview.
According to Saban, when he was Bill Belichick’s defensive coordinator (1991-94) with the Cleveland Browns, he and The Hoodie used to tag-team concerts together.
“When Bill [Belichick] and I were together in Clevleand, he and I would sneak out and see concerts,” Saban said. “The Eagles, Ringo Starr.”
Music is a big part of Saban’s life. When the game’s best coach gets away, it’s to his lake house in North Georgia where he entertains with a healthy dose of good tunes.
“I go to my lake house and play air guitar on my pontoon boat,” Saban told Patrick during a 2012 interview.
As for his go-to bands/artists and what he dabbles with on air guitar, Saban traverses many different genres.
“Oh, I got a few now, Hotel California. You know I got everything, from Marvin Gaye to Hootie and the Blowfish to the Eagles to, you know, Michael Jackson.
“We really enjoy the music, and air guitar, and we have a line dance on the pontoon boat …. I got a boat jam iPod.”
Believe it or not, a young Saban even figured out how to work the system to listen to the music.
“We used to go all the time [to concerts]. The key to it was, if you got in a security group, you got in the concert for free and you got $50 bucks for standing around with a t-shirt on.”
In another life, who knows, Saban could have been a roving troubadour traveling from Coachella to Bonnaroo selling grilled cheese sandwiches and defensive playbooks to fund his music obsession.