DJ Fluker: Alabama Practices Harder than NFL

By DJ Byrnes on January 24, 2014 at 10:48a
DJ Fluker, talented as hell but also pretty ugly.


Playing at Alabama, practice-wise, is probably a lot harder than playing in the NFL. 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.

It's an eye-popping quote at face value, but then you realize NFL seasons are much longer than college ones, so naturally practices would be lighter in the pros. You also can't enjoy copious amounts of talented depth due to over-signing, either.

Saban's practice of intense practices are well-known. Scouts often rave about Alabama players, but they often come with a lot thicker injury history files too. 

As for our jape about Alabama's pay, well, we'll let this since-deleted tweet from last April speak for itself:

DJ Fluker got a little too candid on Twitter last April.

Cast da 1st stone, indeed.


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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

He's just upset that he had to take a pay cut after leaving Bama.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Defend Youngstown's picture

Practices are harder at ANY college. The NFL rules on contact and practices limit things pretty severely, and coach's aren't going to risk injuries as much when league minimum salary is around half a million.

Oyster's picture

That's the union doing that, not the NFL.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

rdubs's picture

The NFL signed the bargaining agreement, so I would argue that everyone is on board with this policy.

chicagobuckeye's picture

Signing something, and being on board with it are two different things. They probably had to negotiate for it and this was something the NFL had to give up in exchange for something else. 

PittBuckeye's picture
+1 HS
Hovenaut's picture

I don't know how many more public outbursts droppings of ultimate wisdom Mr. Fluker has left, but I'm sure going to miss them when he's done.

GoBucksToledo's picture

Bama, the best team money can buy!

WOLFofOHIO's picture

what really shocks me is why the ncaa wont investigate this...

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

razrback16's picture

NCAA: <Crickets Chirping>

+1 HS
Turtlebuster's picture

Bama puts a bunch in the league...but many of them fail to live up to the hype...

Buckman's picture

Mark Ingram too.

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.


chicagobuckeye's picture

I think their defensive players end up doing better. The offense is garbage, but gets held together by their d and gets credit. 

TheSpiteHouse's picture

Julio Jones and Eddie Lacy have been pretty good. But overall, I would bet that their defensive guys have been better pros than their offensive skill position guys (by a wide margin).

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Easy for Saban to go hard in practice because his oversigning allows for a continual tryout with no ramifications because they have 3rd and/or 4th stringers that are better than all but 1 or 2 teams they play a year.
Theyre not even exploiting loopholes anymore...Saban is flat out thumbing his nose at the NCAA and his bff Emmert.

CentralFLBuckeye's picture

He's just upset that he had to take a pay cut after leaving Bama.
^^^ in the immortal words of Homer Simpson, " It's funny causes it's true."

iamcbs's picture

DJ Fluker is an asshole, why would we care what he says or thinks about anything?

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep, I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion~Alexander the Great

Go1Bucks's picture

Sure that wasn't "Party's harder than in the NFL"?

Go Bucks!

hit_the_couch's picture

Those Bamer practices must really prepare for the NFL with all the busts that Saban produces. He had a ton at LSU too.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!