Mark Zuckerberg is currently traveling through America as part of a project to get outside his Silicon Valley bubble.
He recently stopped in Alabama, where he met with Nick Saban, widely considered the world’s greatest college football coach. Saban’s salary backs it up: Last year, before his team made it to the National Championship, Saban earned $7 million, about as much as New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Here is what Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post upon meeting Saban:
“Many of the same things go into building a good company and a winning football program—a focus on recruiting, developing talent and setting high expectations.”
“We all need to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Communities can form around all kinds of things—churches, schools, teams—and it’s clear that for a lot of folks in Alabama, college football is an important part of their community.”
Zuckerberg also met with University of Alabama football players, “who come from all over the country to be part of this program.”
“We talked about about the pressures of being a student athlete—not only the personal pressure of achieving their goals of making it to the NFL, but also having the hopes of their community ride of their success,” Zuckerberg wrote.
Here’s his full post:
AL.com reported on Saban’s account of the conversation.
“He wanted to know about leadership, and what do you do to affect people,” Saban said.
He continued: “It was kind of interesting that he saw the spirit that we have in this state relative to supporting athletics as something that is very special, very unique, and very wholesome in terms of people having the opportunity to create hope whether it’s in competition, or something they believe in or a spirit.”
Some observers believe Zuckerberg’s travels across the country may be part of a plan to run for office. Last April, Facebook added a clause to an SEC filing that said Voluntary Resignation rules would not apply to Zuckerberg’s compensation “if [the resignation] were in connection with his serving in a government position or office.”