Throughout history, the world has experience several successful leaders of thought, action, but most importantly inspiration. With their success came popularity among the individuals they inspired to rise above dismal conditions for a brave new world of progress and the preservation of posterity.
Nick Saban is not one of these individuals.
In fact, the qualities that these individuals share don’t generally apply to much of anything in the state of Alabama let alone one of the most pompous coaches in history.
Below is a list of the 10 most popular leaders in history in chronological order:
- Ramses II (most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian Empire)
- Alexander the Great (king of Macedon in ancient Greece)
- Julius Caesar (Roman general credited for the rise of the Roman Empire)
- Genghis Khan (founder of the Mongol Empire – fathered like 15,000 kids)
- Queen Elizabeth I (oversaw the establishment of the Church of England)
- George Washington (1st U.S. President and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army)
- Napoleon Bonaparte (Emperor of the French)
- Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. President who led the U.S through the Civil War)
- Mahatma Gandhi (leader of Indian nationalism who gave peace a chance)
- Nelson Mandela (led the revolt against apartheid – former President of South Africa)
So the next time you hear about Nick’s 150+ career wins or his ability to lead a team to back-to-back (to back?) BCS championship wins, just think to yourself “is he top 10 material?”. Chances are, he ain’t.