Alabama football program hires a Nick Saban impersonator.
Gotcha! It’s somewhat of a joke. Alabama did not hire someone specifically for the sole purpose of impersonating their control freak of a head football coach, who also happens to be the most handsomely paid man in the State of Alabama.
They did, however, hire a man to coach their wide receivers who is known to feature a spot-on impersonation of the control freak coach.
Former Alabama wide receiver Rob Ezell was hired on Monday by Saban to coach his receivers, under the mentorship of offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.
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Ezell spent the past three years as a GA (graduate assistant) at Colorado State under Jim McElwain—once the offensive coordinator at Alabama under Saban—who left the Rams in December to take over at Florida for the departed Will Muschamp.
That came on the heels of him spending the 2011 season—his first as a non-player as a volunteer assistant for Saban and the Crimson Tide. Ezell has come full-circle after initially enrolling at Alabama as a walk-on quarterback in 2007.
In his sophomore season he switched to wide receiver and played in a number of games under McElwain. He never amounted to much as a player but was a member of the 2009 Crimson Tide national championship squad.
His greatest contribution may have been that of comic relief though, routinely cracking up teammates with his hilarious impersonations of their drills sergeant coach.
Now it’s Ezell’s job to play the role of drill sergeant. And mean it.
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