Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban won his sixth national championship as a head coach on Monday night, tying him with former Alabama legend Bear Bryant for having won the most national championships in college football history.
The way the game ended epitomizes the very philosophy that Nick Saban has utilized to become the best at what he does and teaches his players and coaches on a daily basis. Alabama pulled their starting quarterback, who had a 25-2 record as a starter, at halftime and put the game in the hands of a true freshman who had minimal meaningful playing time prior to the championship game. The true freshman led a comeback from a 20-7 deficit. At the very end of the game, Alabama had an opportunity to win with a field goal.
Alabama's kicker missed.
In overtime, Georgia capitalized on their first possession with the ball, scoring a field goal and putting Alabama on the ropes. On their first play in overtime, Alabama's inexperienced quarterback made an awful decision: he retreated further into the backfield as defenders pursued him and allowed himself to be sacked for a 16-yard loss, likely putting the team out of reach for a field goal. Alabama seemed destined to lose.
On the very next play, however, the same freshman quarterback who just put his team in a hole on the previous play threw a flawless 41-year touchdown pass to win the game.
So, what's Saban's philosophy?
Focus on the process, not the result.
That's what Saban instilled in his entire team, including his true freshman quarterback. Put the mistakes behind you; instead, focus on executing the next play how you've practiced that play over and over again. The result: another championship.