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Blake Sims writes thank you letter to Nick Saban, Alabama fans

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Former Alabama quarterback Blake Sims didn't get drafted over the weekend (though he will have a mini-camp tryout with the Green Bay Packers) but with his pursuit of a pro career beginning and his Alabama playing career in the rearview mirror, the Crimson Tide's 2014 starting quarterback wrote a heartfelt thank you letter to those who impacted him in Tuscaloosa.

In an open letter, as told to Bleacher Report's Marc Torrence, Sims relayed a kind message to his former head coach, Nick Saban, offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, Alabama fans and summed up his time playing for Alabama.

"Coach Saban was like a father figure to me," Sims said in the letter. "Words can’t explain how much he has taught me about life and how much better prepared I am for success than when I showed up in Tuscaloosa. Whenever I was wrong, he would let me know "Blake, that’s not the way that a man acts. That’s not how a professional quarterback acts." Our relationship could not be stronger."

He thanked Kiffin for teaching him "how to be a quarterback" and called Crimson Tide fans the "best fanbase in the country."

You can read the full text of Sims' letter here.