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Nick Saban receives the Coaches' Trophy for the third time since becoming UA's head coach. (Photo: Dennis Washington) Nick Saban receives the Coaches' Trophy for the third time since becoming UA's head coach. (Photo: Dennis Washington)
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Nick Saban is tired of "closing the door" on questions about a return to the NFL.

"The hinges are wore out," Saban said during a Thursday phone interview on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning. The Alabama coach says he has answered the NFL question over and over again since Monday's win over Notre Dame, and nobody seems to believe him when he says he values college coaching more than his NFL head coaching experience.

Saban had an unsuccessful run with the Miami Dolphins after winning his first national championship at LSU.

"I think that if some of the things that we would have done in Miami we'd have got done -- mostly the Drew Brees thing -- things might have been different. But, I felt like we needed a quarterback, couldn't get one, weren't going to win if we didn't have one. So I had an opportunity to go to someplace [Alabama] where we had a better chance to win."

Brees, of course, ended up in New Orleans, where he led the Saints to a Super Bowl win and is likely headed to the NFL Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, life is good for content college coach Saban: three national championships in four years at Alabama and predictions of more to come. Beyond the winning, Saban says the college job is allowing him to shape the personal lives of young men.

"In the NFL it's not really that way. Everything is about people having success in their career as football players, so they can make more money, win more games; it's a business. It's a little bit different from that standpoint. It just depends on what you (as a coach) enjoy the most."

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