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Savage turns commentator

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 9, 2009

Former Browns general manager Phil Savage will serve as color commentator for the University of Alabama spring game on April 18, he told the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register.

A Mobile native, Savage got his first job in football as a graduate assistant at Alabama under coach Bill Curry in 1987. At least for a day, Savage takes over for former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler, who sat out last season and might be replaced.

Savage was let go by the Browns on Dec. 28, but is under contract through 2012. According to the Press-Register, he approached Alabama athletic director Mal Moore in February with the idea of working for the Crimson Tide Sports Network.

''I said I would love to at least have an opportunity to get my name into the hat if the position is still available, pending what's going to happen with Kenny," Savage told the Press-Register. "Obviously, he's done a great job over the years. I don't want to interfere with that. But if there's a possibility of me getting involved in it, please let me know.''

Working for the Browns in the 1990s, Savage spent three seasons as a defensive assistant to coordinator Nick Saban, now Alabama's coach.

Savage, spotted this year at the Senior Bowl in Mobile and at the Super Bowl, planned to attend his first Masters Thursday, the Press-Register said.

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