D.J. Fluker says Alabama practices are harder than the NFL

It’s no secret that Nick Saban is a maniac when it comes to coaching. He hasn’t worked himself into the conversation of “great of all time” by being lackadaisical. Knowing that, former Tide star D.J. Fluker’s comments should come as no surprise.

In talking with Tide 99.1-FM in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday, Fluker compared practices at Alabama to those with the San Diego Chargers, and how his college career prepared him well for the next level.

“Playing at Alabama, practice-wise, is probably a lot harder than playing in the NFL,” Fluker said. “Being under coach (Nick) Saban and the practices he makes each and every day was like an NFL game. That prepared me the most, being in that environment every single day … Coach made everything organized, just like being in the NFL.”

Saban has turned Alabama into an NFL factory, in large part due to the way he has structured the program. It’s all about business in Tuscaloosa. The moment an 18-year-old kid steps on Alabama’s campus, the transition into a young professional begins.

Outside of the fact that players don’t get paid, big-time college football is no longer an amateur sport.

Fluker was selected as the No. 11 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and was named to the NFL’s All-Rookie team this season.

To listen to Fluker’s interview, click here.