Alabama Football: Most Amazing Statistic of the Nick Saban Era

Alabama Football is a dynasty by any measure. 8 of the last 9 number one recruiting classes and 5 national championship teams with 2 Heisman trophy winners in the last 10 years is just the start. Nick Saban has lost  32 different coordinators and position coaches during his Alabama Football career. Ten of those, almost 1/3, have gone on to be head coaches themselves.

Nick Saban is 14-0 against former assistants by the way but those aren’t the numbers we are talking about today.

Even with that kind of brain drain on the sidelines Nick Saban has amassed a 146-21 overall record but we’re not talking about those numbers today either. I want you to sit down and think of all the people who have talked trash about Alabama Football lately. You’re going to want to use these numbers like a hammer the next time they get within swinging distance.

In the last 10 years, Alabama has 26 first round NFL draft picks and only 13 losses. I’m going to type that again in big letters.

NICK SABAN HAS TWICE AS MANY FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS AS LOSSES IN THE LAST DECADE. Oh, and I should probably mention that the 2019 NFL Draft HASN’T EVEN HAPPENED YET so those numbers are going to go up.

Let me help you wrap your head around those numbers. In the 83 year history of professional football drafts, 62 Alabama players have been selected in the first round (60 NFL, 2 AFL). 26 of those first round draft picks – or 42% of the entire total – have come in the last 10 years.

That is madness. It gets better. From the first NFL draft in 1936 until 2009, Alabama has had multiple players taken in the first round five times. Two Bama players were selected in the 1978, 1979 and 2000 NFL Drafts and three players were taken from the Tide in 1948 and 1993.

Alabama has sent multiple players to the next level in the first round of the NFL Draft 7 TIMES IN JUST THE LAST DECADE. Alabama Football had a record four players selected in the 2011 NFL Draft and tied that record again in 2012, 2017 and 2018.

2018 was also the year Nick Saban broke the SEC record with 12 total players selected in a single NFL Draft.

Oh, and just for fun, the SEC has 335 players on NFL rosters this year. That’s more than any other conference by far and 2x the number that the Pac-12 and Big-12 have in the league combined. Alabama Football boasts more players suiting up on Sundays than any other team with 44.¬†

Enjoy waving those statistics around like a stick the next time you hear someone say the dynasty is dead or that the SEC is soft. Numbers don’t lie, Alabama Nation. Roll Tide!