Alabama head coach Nick Saban may not have reached the same level of coaching success in the National Football League as he has in the college game, but his opinion is still one that is viewed and received with a good amount of respect in NFL circles. With the number of players Saban has sent to the NFL through Alabama, it is no wonder why. Saban’s players are typically ready for the NFL, but not every player is a lock to thrive on Sundays just because they wore a crimson helmet on Saturdays.
Saban wants NFL teams in need of an extra quarterback to take a close look at one of his former quarterbacks, Phillip Sims. Saban wrote a letter endorsing Sims and his pro potential that was distributed to all 32 NFL franchises.
As reported by AL.com, Sims’ agent Tommy Kellis initiated the effort by opening a conversation with Saban. Knowing Saban’s previous thoughts about agents, we can only imagine Saban was a tad reluctant at first. Even though Sims had transferred from Alabama to Virginia two years ago, Saban still found it worth his time to write a letter that could be shared with the league to pump up one of his former players.
The impact the letter from Saban ultimately has will likely be minimal. Sims is far from a highly rated prospect and he is probably going to go undrafted. But at least he will have a letter from Saban on his behalf. Saban didn’t have to do that, so the fact he did should say at least something about Sims. Who knows. Maybe this will lead to an opportunity somewhere in the league.
And maybe, just maybe, Saban is not as much of a curmudgeon as he is made out to be.
And yes, the odds are pretty good Saban would like it if the NFL took a good hard look at another one of his former quarterbacks named Sims; Blake Sims. Unlike Phillip, Blake Sims has a much better shot at being drafted by an NFL team when the draft comes up next month.