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Vinnie Sunseri returns to Alabama to join Crimson Tide staff

Another former Alabama player is joining Nick Saban’s off-field coaching staff.

Former Crimson Tide safety Vinnie Sunseri has been back inside the football program and is set to serve as a graduate assistant at his alma mater this coming fall, BamaOnLine has learned.

Sunseri had been hinting at a return to Tuscaloosa on social media of late, but his latest tweet all but confirmed he is back at his old stomping grounds. AL.com was first to report his return.


Sunseri started seven games for Alabama as a sophomore in 2012 and was emerging as one of the top safeties in 2013, recording two pick-sixes in the team’s first seven games of that year, before he suffered a season-ending knee injury. He declared for the NFL draft after the season.

A fifth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2014, Sunseri last played in the NFL in 2016 when he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers. He played in nine games with the Saints in 2014 and another six with the 49ers in 2016 before stepping away from the playing field.  

But now he is back at Alabama and trying his hand in coaching. And he won’t be alone.

Former defensive backs Javier Arenas and Nick Perry were on Alabama’s 2018 coaching staff as analysts, while other former players like Josh Chapman, Glen Coffee, Denzel Devall, Rob Ezell, Jake Long, Kindal Moorehead and Tyler Owens filled positions on Saban’s staff, too. 

Contact Charlie Potter by 247Sports’ personal messaging or on Twitter (@Charlie_Potter).

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