By Dennis Washington
PASADENA, CA (WBRC) - Alabama head coach Nick Saban said he was happy he got a celebration bath from his players Thursday night.
"I'm a lot happier with the bath than I would have been if I didn't get one," Saban said. "It's part of it, and I was happy to see the players be so happy and excited. I think they always enjoy dumping on the coach."
Saban did say he wished they would do water instead of Gatorade.
"I wish they'd do the water," Saban said. "The Gatorade is awful sticky."
Saban is the first BCS coach to win the national championship for two different schools. He won the national championship at LSU in 2003 then this year at Alabama. Saban said he was very proud of his players.
"I'll tell you what I told the team, that I've never been prouder of a group of guys for their resiliency, their buy-in, their hard work, the blood, sweat and tears that they put worth to accomplish what they accomplished this season," Saban said. "I think most of us don't realize how difficult it is, the togetherness that it takes, the discipline and execution that it takes, and certainly the hard work that these guys did. And we certainly appreciate it and are proud of them and want to congratulate every member of our team and coaching staff for the great coach that they did."
Saban said he talked to the players at halftime about finishing what they started.
"I said at halftime, these games are difficult because I think we had a lot of anxiety in the beginning of the game," Saban said. "We made some mistakes. We settled down and played pretty well. And then at halftime when we made the big play right before the half when Marcell intercepted a pass and ran it for a touchdown. It was like we won the game at halftime."
Saban said he was happy to bring the National Championship back to Alabama.
"I'm happy for our fans, I'm happy for our players, I'm happy for all the people who work so hard to try to restore this, and I'm very happy myself that we were able to make such a significant contribution to something that's a pretty significant accomplishment for our organization."
Saban was also asked if he ever envisioned being this successful as a head coach.
"Well, first of all, when I was a young boy, I didn't even know I wanted to be a coach," Saban said. "I don't think you ever really envision this kind of success. I think that I was probably driven to try to be as good as I could be at whatever it was that I made a commitment to do. I was that way when I was a player, even though I wasn't a very good player. I worked hard to be the best I could be and had a lot of pride in performance.
I would say that that's probably the biggest reason that any success that we've had, we've been able to accomplish, is because we put a lot into it. We work hard. We have a lot of good people around us that also contribute, and I never really ever thought -- if you saw where I came from in West Virginia you wouldn't think I'd be here, either."
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