It’s not everyday you see Alabama head coach Nick Saban having fun. Sure, he’s good for a few jokes every once in a while, but the 70-year-old college football legend definitely seems to be more interested in winning NCAA national championships than taking vacations.
However, even if it was only for a few seconds, the world got to see a glimpse at Saban’s playful side back in 2017. The Alabama Crimson Tide were coming off a big SEC win over the Texas A&M Aggies and getting ready to host the Arkansas Razorbacks the next week in Tuscaloosa. All anyone could talk about was the video that went viral on social media.
“Sliding into Homecoming week like…#RollTide,” the tweet read.
The rest is history.
Nick Saban’s Viral Go-Kart Video
It’s only a three-second video, but it can be played on loop forever. Watching Alabama football coach Nick Saban spinning around in a tiny go-kart is Internet gold and even better than watching NASCAR.
The video was far from a distraction. The Alabama Crimson Tide went on to pummel Arkansas, 41-9, before taking down Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and Mercer before losing the Iron Bowl to Auburn to end the regular season.
Alabama made the College Football Playoff that season, beating the Clemson Tigers in the Sugar Bowl semifinal before beating the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship Game on ESPN.
That, of course, is the game Tua Tagovailoa became an Alabama legend.
There were so many fun memories for the Tide that season, and several players went on to the NFL Draft, but perhaps nothing tops watching one of the greatest coaches of all time doing donuts in a go-kart.
This video only adds to his legend.
This post was originally published on October 12, 2017.