BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Nick Saban had hip replacement surgery two weeks ago, and he’s already back on the golf course. The Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach was at the Regions Tradition Pro Am on Wednesday morning, and we saw him putt and chip, but per doctors orders, he isn’t allowed to play a full round just yet.
“I have mixed emotions about it, but I’m just glad to be here,” Saban said.
Saban, who had hip replacement surgery on April 22, is rehabbing faster than expected. His recovery is now six weeks instead of eight, and he says he’s feeling great.
“I tell my guys all the time they don’t make athletes like they used to anymore, and there’s not many of us left. Balance and range of motion is the biggest thing that you work on. The balance, that’s why I was able to walk a day after and I didn’t need a walker or a cane,” Saban added.
Since Saban can’t play golf, he’s strictly been focusing on work.
“He’s back at it full speed ahead, and his energy level is focused and he’s never missed a beat,” said Alabama Athletics Director Greg Byrne.
“I can recall a lot of times that no matter what’s going on, he has an uncanny way to focus and concentrate and he enjoys work, and he’s passionate about his work and a little hip surgery isn’t going to stop him,” said Georgia Head Football Coach Kirby Smart.
Saban’s expected to be fully recovered in a few more weeks and he’s excited to get back out on the golf course.
“I’ll be taking half swings here pretty soon,” said Saban.
Due to the possibility of inclement weather, Thursday and Friday’s rounds of the Regions Tradition will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a two-tee start.