Deion Sanders has caught the attention of many since taking over as head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes last offseason, and it appears he has a fan in head coach- Alabama leader Nick Saban.
The seven-time national championship-winning coach praised Coach Prime on Wednesday, revealing that he respects Sanders both as a person and as a coach.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Deion Sanders,” Saban said. “First of all, he’s a great person and he’s done a great job marketing the program to generate a lot of national interest.”
The Colorado Buffaloes are 3-0 to start the season, and Saban attributes that success to the team’s hard work coupled with Sander’s coaching style.
“They play with discipline, they do a good job of execution, they were able to score points, playing good defense. So all those things, to me, are indicators that he is a very good coach. “
The Crimson Tide coach of 16 years admitted he hasn’t been able to follow all of Colorado’s action this season, but he was able to watch a bit of the Colorado State game last week .
Saban was impressed with what the Buffs presented on the field, but he was already aware of what a team led by “Prime Time” could do.
“He’s always been successful, whether it was at Jackson State, in high school or now at Colorado,” Saban said. “His teams have always been well trained.”
Sanders echoed his fellow Aflac spokesperson’s statements during his recent interview with “60 Minutes.” The Super Bowl champion praised Saban and welcomed the opportunities to work and learn from him.
“I love, adore and respect and every time I do a commercial with Coach Saban, it’s a gift,” Sanders said.
“I just sit in his presence and I hear him and I start something else, so I can hear his perspective on it because he forgot more things that I could ever accomplish… I’m a student who looks up to this wonderful teacher and says, ‘Just throw me a crumb of what you know.'”
It appears Coach Prime has absorbed some coaching gems from Saban over the years and hopes to replicate Alabama’s style of championship football in Boulder.
The No. 19 Buffs beat TCU 45-42, Nebraska 36-14 and shocked the Colorado State Rams with a come-from-behind victory last week 43-35.
The team suffered a setback, losing two-way star Travis Hunter to injury following a controversial collision with Rams DB Henry Blackburn, but they will battle it out this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET against the No. 10 seed. ‘Oregon.
Alabama will also take the field at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday in a matchup against No. 15 Ole Miss.
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