Bear Bryant, fully Paul William "Bear" Bryant

Bear
Bryant, fully Paul William "Bear" Bryant
1913
1983

American College Football Coach best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama Football Team, voted National Coach of the Year three times

Author Quotes

In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first -- ahead of personal glory.

In life, you’ll have your back up against the wall many times. You might as well get used to it.

In a crisis, don’t hide behind anything or anybody. They’re going to find you anyway.

I'll put you through hell, but at the end of it all we'll be champions.

If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it.

If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride - and never quit - you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.

If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes real good, you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games.

I’m known as a recruiter. Well, you’ve got to have chicken to make chicken salad.

I’m just a simple plowhand from Arkansas, but I have learned over the years how to hold a team together. How to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they’re got one heartbeat, together, a team.

I feel blessed. I have put a lot of hard work into basketball. When you work hard and believe, something positive will come out in the end.

I don’t care how much talent a team has - if the boys don’t think tough, practice tough, and live tough, how can they play tough on Saturday’s?

I can reach a kid who doesn’t have any ability as long as he doesn’t know it.

I ain't nothing but a winner.

Hell no! A tie is like kissing your sister.

Football changes and so do people.

Every time a player goes out there, at least twenty people have some amount of influence on him. His mother has more influence than anyone. I know because I played, I loved my mama.

Don't give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.

Bear Bryant's Three Rules for coaching: 1) Surround yourself with people who can't live without football. 2) Recognize winners. They come in all forms. 3) Have a plan for everything.

A good, quick, small team can beat a big, slow team any time.

It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.

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First Name
Bear
Last Name
Bryant, fully Paul William "Bear" Bryant
Birth Date
1913
Death Date
1983
Bio

American College Football Coach best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama Football Team, voted National Coach of the Year three times