Nick Saban said he missed college football on his first day as an NFL head coach, during his first press conference, when he realized how much the league—and the media—had changed since he worked for the Browns in the early 1990s. One season later, Drew Brees failed a physical with Saban’s Dolphins, leading the team to trade for Daunte Culpepper. Saban not only missed the college game then, he realized he disliked the premise of pro football. “When that happened, I said ‘I can’t control my destiny here.’” Saban said in 2019, reflecting on his departure after the 2006 season. “There’s too many things that, no matter how hard I work or no matter what I do, I can control my destiny better in college by working hard and making good choices and decisions and creating a good program for players.” A few years earlier, a source told ESPN that Steve Spurrier, two years into his tenure coaching Washington’s pro team, simply realized he had no chance. Whoops. “The bottom line is that, after thinking about it, Steve decided his offense wouldn’t work [in the NFL]. It was like he had some epiphany or something.” Lou Holtz, coaching Joe Namath’s last season with the Jets in 1976, went 3-10 and said, ‘’God did not put Lou Holtz on this earth to coach in the pros” while quitting. Two decades later, Holtz told friends, according to The New York Times, that he wanted back in the pros after realizing how differently he needed to approach the job by delegating more and treating his players better. No team cared much for Holtz’s newfound awareness and he never got another shot.