Chattanooga-(WDEF) Former Alabama defensive back Jeremiah Castille stopped in Chattanooga on Tuesday to speak with Tide alumni and fans. Castille was a leader for the Tide defense in the early 80's, and he's still leading young men on the Bama football team today.
Jeremiah Castille has spent the last 13 years as a chaplain for Bama athletes. So he has witnessed the resurrection of the Tide football program under Nick Saban.
"When you look at Coach Saban a lot of times, he doesn't look like he enjoys it when he wins a big ballgame. What you really enjoy is the entire process. He enjoys the work that it takes. That to me is the secret, and Coach Bryant was the same way."
Castille played for Bear Bryant, and he says a little of the Bear is in Coach Saban.
"I would say their leadership style is a lot alike. The discipline. Organization. Being very organized. I would say high expectations."
Castille says his life was 'Built by Bama'.
He and his two sons played there.
And of course he now works there.
"Just who I am as a person was really molded and shaped under the leadership of Coach Bryant. How I raise my family. My commitment to my marriage."
Since Castille was in Chattanooga, Big Orange Country, we asked him if the Vols-Bama rivalry was bigger during his playing days.
"Very.(chuckles) If I can say it that way. When we played Tennessee, you knew it was the Tennessee week because when you went out on the field, there was orange stuff everywhere. Coach Bryant. His respect for the University of Tennessee and what had been built in Knoxville, and the people that helped build it. I think that's why he felt the way he did about the University of Tennessee."