TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Nick Saban remembers exactly where he was on this day ten years ago and the emotions he felt.
“It was an anxious time to be honest with you and that anxiety didn’t really let up until the next day,” Saban said.
On April 27th 2011, Saban remembers leaving his office and coming home to 20 of his daughter’s sorority sisters taking shelter in their house.
From the 53 lives lost in the Tuscaloosa area on that day to the devastation left behind, Saban says out of all the destruction came opportunity for his team to give back to a community who supported them every Saturday.
“Because of this storm, it really galvanized our community and the way we came together to really help each other. A lot of people contributed to help rebuild our community and it’s actually better now than ever before,” the Alabama football coach said.
From one national championship trophy to another, Saban says over the years they’ve lifted those trophies with pride, knowing exactly who they’re playing for.
“I think this tragic event led to opportunity to help soo many people in soo many ways, and I couldn’t be prouder of how our team responded,” he said.
April 27th 2011, created a lesson of compassion for his team, one of the best qualities Saban believes a person can have.