Alabama coach Nick Saban has said he "will never be the same" after last week's deadly tornadoes hit Tuscaloosa. And for those who still don't quite grasp how scary things got in Alabama, this footage taken from Saban's office will drive home the enormity of what took place:
This tornado avoided the football complex, but the program suffered greatly. The girlfriend of Crimson Tide long snapper Carson Tinker was killed when the storm threw the couple from their house. (Tinker was released from the hospital Wednesday. He sustained a broken wrist and other minor injuries.)
Saban has spent considerable time visiting shelters and devastated areas of Tuscaloosa over the past week. When he has left town to play golf, it was done to raise money for tornado victims. The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge, an annual charity event in North Carolina between SEC and ACC coaches, presented Saban with a check for $70,000 on Tuesday. Saban played in a pro-am Wednesday in Birmingham at the Champions Tour's Regions Tradition, an event that raised $50,000 through an auction.
Saban has also encouraged his players to participate in relief efforts, saying that the team must be more than just a group that plays football for 12 to 14 Saturdays in the fall.
"Some of the guys that went out right after it happened and tried to help people and pull people out of homes, I think they were shaken up with what they saw," Saban told reporters Wednesday. "Until you actually live through something like this, you don't really have a good feeling for the personal devastation and how it affects people."
That includes Saban himself.
"I met a man with only one leg who had worked three years to get a truck that would allow him to drive. And now it's gone," Saban told CBSSports.com. "Once you see it and understand what one of these storms can do, it changes you forever."
"What I've learned, and what I hope everyone learns, is to not take these weather threats casually. I am guilty of hearing tornado warnings and not being as aware as I should. You kind of get numb about it after a long time. You can't do that."
"Tuscaloosa is not going to be the same," Saban went on to say. "We need to do everything to support what needs to be done to get the community back to normal. It's going to take some time."
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