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Nick Saban's high school highlights unearthed

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
A highlight video shows Nick Saban took some tough hits during his days as a high school football player.

Alabama coach Nick Saban's days as a high school football player might not be well-documented, but thanks to Tidesports.com, 1968 footage of college football's most successful coach has been unearthed.

And unlike most highlight reels that are loaded with only touchdowns and a player's most impressive action, these clips show the good, the bad and the ugly. Nick Saban getting head-first speared by a defender as the holder on extra points? Check.

Saban getting wiped out on a kickoff? Check.

And of course, some pretty impressive scrambling by Saban at the quarterback position, as well:

Saban grew up and played his high school football in West Virginia, so the look back at his early years is only natural heading into Alabama's game against WVU on Saturday. Saban went on to play defensive back at Kent State before embarking on a coaching career that has seen him take more than a few shots in the form of criticism -- about everything from his public demeanor to his exit from the Miami Dolphins. Ever the stoic, much like one of his coaching mentors, Bill Belichick, Saban changes for no one.

Turns out, he used to bounce up from some pretty big shots on the football field, too.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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