Saban, Belichick the subjects of upcoming HBO documentary


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Two of the best coaches in football will be part of a special documentary that will delve into their longtime relationship and their own coaching philosophies.

Nick Saban, head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, and Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, are the subjects of a new documentary that will premiere on HBO called “Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching.”

In addition to their own individual successes as coaches of prominent football teams, Belichick and Saban also have a shared history. From 1991 to 1994, Saban was defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns under Belichick, who was head coach those years. During that period, the Browns went 31-33, a time that Saban has famously called four of the “worst years of his life.”

Saban’s total record as a head coach in college football is 238-63-1 and has won six national championships, five of which were at Alabama. As a head football coach in the NFL, Belichick’s record is 261-123 and led the Patriots to six Super Bowl wins since 2000.

“Bill Belichick and Nick Saban have earned their rightful place in the pantheon of greatest coaches ever, across all sports and this film intimately spotlights their woven history from Navy to Cleveland to now,” said Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports, in a written statement. “It will capture, for the first-time ever, some of the most engaging and personal conversations held every year by the two most towering figures in the game today. We are excited to partner with NFL Films to tell this unique story of friendship and mentorship.”

The documentary will premiere on HBO Dec. 10.

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