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Saban to media at Regions: ‘I can’t tell you how much I missed y’all’

Nick Saban might be showing a softer side of himself in retirement.

While making his annual appearance at the Regions Tradition Celebrity Pro-Am in Birmingham, Saban addressed the media for the first time at the event with the term “former Alabama head coach” in his title.

“Good to see you guys,” Saban said to the local media as he began his availability. “Can’t tell you how much I missed y’all, Really the only reason I came here was to see y’all,” he said with a chuckle.

“This is one of my favorite events that we did every year,” Saban said of the Regions. “To be able to meet the players, see a lot of fans, sign a lot of autographs, make a lot of people feel good I hope and I always enjoy playing golf. It is a great cause and Regions is a great organization in our state.”

Saban had an opportunity on the driving range to have a quick catching up with his successor Kalen DeBoer as well:

Eventually it was time for Saban to hit the tee, which he did to massive applause:

Saban is tee’ing it up with the man who has won the last two Regions Tradition titles and three of the past four, Steve Stricker. Check out all the pairings here.

Michael Brauner is a Senior Sports Analyst and Contributing Writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @MBraunerWNSP

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