Video: Nick Saban forgot his birthday

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday October 31, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on October 31, 2012

Not many people forget their birthday, especially when it's on another holiday.

But if there was one person who would have it slip his mind, it's Nick Saban. While doing a ride-along interview with ESPN's Samantha Steele, Saban talked about his birthday - which is on Halloween - and other holidays during the season.

"My wife said, 'Happy birthday,' this morning, and I was like, 'Oh, I forgot,'" Saban said. "When anything happens in football season, I don't care what the holiday, it really is hard to (celebrate). I appreciate people calling, but it really is hard to almost acknowledge, personally, that something different is happening, because you're in such a routine of what you feel you need to do to get the team ready to play the game."

Steele also asked Saban about his morning routine. He sets the alarm for 6:20 a.m., but rarely makes it all the way.

"I always have my cup of coffee, my two Debbie cookies. That's how I start the day after letting the dogs out and all that," Saban said. "I've been doing it for so long, I can't even remember (when I started that). I guess it's just a little sweet tooth with a cup of coffee. That's how I get rolling every day."

Do you think Steele was a little nervous about the interview? A groggy Saban would make anyone be careful with his or her words.

Also, why is Saban driving without any hands on the wheel?!


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