“Nickel defense” is the most memorable defense in sports.
That is, if you can even call it that.
It is the defense that has been so dominant in college football that it has been dubbed the “No. 1 defense in the country” in the most recent ESPN.com College Football Top 25.
Nickel defense has played in at least six national championships, three Super Bowls, two NCAA championships, four Heisman Trophy winners, three College Football Playoff appearances, three NCAA Football Playoff national championship appearances, and four Super Bowl rings.
In the past 10 years, it has won four of the past five national championships.
It has also been among the most decorated teams in college sports history, winning 11 straight national championships and four in a row since 2005.
The most famous nickel defense of all time was the one that defended Heisman Trophy winner, and two-time national champion, Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers during their championship run in 2009.
Nick Saban was the defensive coordinator of that championship team.
Nick was a defensive coordinator at Florida State and LSU, and he coached in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions.
He also coached in college at the University of Florida, and then in the NFL with the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Carolina Panthers.
Nick played for the Minnesota Vikings, Houston Oilers, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, and Denver Broncos.
He spent six seasons as the head coach of the Chicago Bears.
Nick also coached at the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Falcons, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Rams, and Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
Nick is the defensive line coach at Southern California, and his defensive line has won five national titles.
In addition to his NFL coaching career, Nick was also the defensive backs coach at the Georgia Bulldogs, Miami Hurricanes, Texas A&M Aggies, and UCLA Bruins.
Nick and his wife, Kay, have four children.
The couple have a four-year-old son, and their daughter, Grace, was born on June 1, 2018.
Nick started coaching football in high school and has been a football coach for 15 years.
Nick’s first job out of high school was as a defensive backs assistant in Atlanta.
Nick went on to coach defensive backs at Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, and Tennessee.
Nick became the defensive coordinators at Georgia Tech from 2006 to 2010, and spent two seasons as offensive coordinator.
Nick had the Falcons lead the nation in sacks in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and they led the nation for defensive tackles in 2013 and 2014.
Nick has been an offensive coordinator at Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Georgia State (twice), and Tennessee since 2005, and was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Mississippi State from 2009 to 2013.
Nick served as the offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons in 2009, and as the running backs coach for two years.
He has also worked at the college level at the Miami University, Southern Mississippi, and Georgia Southern schools.
Nick earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University in Athens.
Nick lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
He is a retired NFL defensive coordinator.