Nick Saban and Bill Belichick’s friendship spans 35 years, all the way back to a dinner at the home of Belichick’s parents. Sports Illustrated’s Jenny Vrentas explores how the two coaches – and their friendship – evolved as they conquered the highest levels of football. The article is one of the best things I’ve read in a while and even has a really cool West Point angle. There’s great stuff in here on specialization, what makes Belichick so great in Saban’s eyes, the science of evaluating players and the two coaches’ shared obsession to learn.
Their secret mission turned into one of the most significant friendships in football, one based around the very thing that brought them to that hotel in West Point: the realization that they didn’t have all the answers, and a shared obsession to find them. “We are like we are because of that,” says Saban. “We’re always trying to learn, to improve the way we do things.”