The time Luke Del Rio almost hit Nick Saban in the . . . sensitive area

Luke Del Rio has called it a career, and recently appeared on the On Q Podcast with a former Florida teammate that included a funny story featuring Alabama coach Nick Saban and Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper.

The son of Raiders coach Jack Del Rio began his college career as an Alabama walk-on rather than accept scholarship offers from other schools. He left for Oregon State (and eventually Florida) when it became clear his non-scholarship status was going to be an issue when it came to playing time.

Rather than return for a sixth year of eligibility, Del Rio, following shoulder surgery, opted to move on from his playing days, as noted by his dad Jack on Twitter.

As recounted in Al.com, Del Rio said he was continually missing throws during a practice drill and was being chided by teammates and at one point was asked by Saban Are you going to complete one?

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So on his next attempt, intended for Cooper, Del Rio threw it with all his might . . . too far.

Alabamas Luke Del Rio warms up prior to an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) I think, `Oh damn, I overthrew it, Del Rio said. I overthrew it so bad he stopped running completely. Didnt even try to stick an arm out. Just stopped.

Saban is still walking to get to 40-45 yards and I see the trajectory of the ball and say, `Oh my God. No, no, no, no, no. Saban gets to 40-45 yards and boom.

Del Rios throw had missed the intended target in favor of the head coach.

I nailed him right on the thigh, Del Rio said. Right next to, you know, that area. I dont hit it. I hit his leg but right about there.

Saban immediately halted practice and proceeded to stare down Del Rio. Del Rio, 18 at the time, was mortified. Teammates tried not to laugh.

Saban tells his team that had never happened in all his years of coaching.

To which Del Rio responded, Well, coach, at least youll remember me for that.