Happy Father's Day Wishes To All

Nick Saban and I share a Father's Day sadness in that we both lost our fathers when they (and we) were very young. For the past 40 years my Father's Day has meant remembering my father, not sending a card or making a telephone call.

Nick Saban had not been Alabama head coach too long when I was able to sit down with him in his office and have a brief one-on-one conversation about Crimson Tide football. Our football business concluded, I asked him about "Nick's Kids."

I assumed the charity he supported was named for himself. Not so. Coach Saban is Nick Jr. "Nick's Kids" honors his father, who died when Saban was just beginning his coaching career. Nick Sr. had been very involved in the youth of his West Virginia area, the coach of youth teams and the man who secured and then drove the bus for those teams.

As head coach at Michigan State, LSU, the Miami Dolphins, and now the Crimson Tide, Saban has donated liberally to "Nick's Kids" and also worked to have others contribute to the charity.

"Nick's Kids" has done much good for many years in support of youth – Boys and Girls Clubs and the like.

Beginning last year, "Nick's Kids" took on a larger mission. Following the April 27 tornado that wiped out so many homes, and particularly homes in areas of fewer advantages in Tuscaloosa, "Nick's Kids" partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build homes. The number now is, fittingly, 14 – being built in the year in which Saban coached the Tide to Bama's 14th national championship.

Not everyone has the resources of a Nick Saban to be able to accomplish so much, but everyone who does have those resources does not put it back into the community the way Saban does.

It is another way in which Nick Saban is a winner.

I wish him a Happy Father's Day.

And Happy Father's Day to you all.

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