Alabama football: Reuben Foster’s former teammates have his back, call him ‘natural leader’

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Reuben Foster has the full support of his Alabama teammates and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban following the incident that caused him to be sent home from the NFL Combine last week.

Foster met with NFL teammates in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday prior to the Crimson Tide’s pro day on Wednesday. The meetings reportedly went well, and teams came away impressed with Foster.

He’s still likely to be a high first-round draft pick in April.

“Anybody that thinks what happened in Indy should affect this guy’s future in the draft is being very shortsighted,” Saban said. “He’s played here for four years. We’ve never had an issue with him. He’s always been a great leader. He’s a signal caller on defense. He’s bright. He’s always been a great team guy, and he’s really liked by his teammates.

“If you’re looking for a good teammate to be on your team, Reuben’s going to be very, very good. If you’re looking for somebody to be a candy striper and be nice to everybody at the hospital, maybe not.”

Here’s what Foster’s teammates said about him.

Cam Robinson

“Reuben is a great teammate, honestly. One of the most natural leaders, one of the most natural motivators I think I’ve ever been around. I don’t want to speak on (the incident) too much because I don’t know exactly what happened, but Reuben’s a great guy, a natural leader, a natural motivator. He’s a guy that just makes you want to play better, to be honest.”

Marlon Humphrey

“I talked to him about it. He said it was just a slight misunderstanding. He seemed like he got it settled. But I know Reuben. Reuben’s a great teammate, a loving guy. Any time I’ve ever asked him for something, he’s been more than willing to be there for me. He’s a great teammate. I just felt what happened shouldn’t get perceived as he’s a bad guy.”

O.J. Howard

“I haven’t talked to him about it, but I know he’s a great teammate, he’s a great guy. The combine can be a little frustrating at times with you waking up so early and going to bed so late, the lines are long at the hospital and stuff like that. Guys are pulling on you, and it can be kind of frustrating. There’s no telling what happened, I wasn’t there, but I can understand what could’ve happened.”


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