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
"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. "
"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. "
"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’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 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?"
"In life, you’ll have your back up against the wall many times. You might as well 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. "
"Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don't quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don't quit until you reach it. Never quit. "
"Our game plan is first year, a .500 season. Second year, a conference championship. Third year, undefeated. Fourth, a national championship. And by the fifth year, we'll be on probation, of course."
"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. "
"Sacrifice. Work. Self-discipline. I teach these things, and my boy’s don’t forget them when they leave. "
"Players can be divided, roughly, into four types. Those who have ability and know it, those who have it and don't know it, those who don't have it and know it, and those who don't have it but don't know it."
"The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it. "
"The first thing a football coach needs when he’s starting out is a wife who’s willing to put up with a whole lot of neglect. The second thing is a five-year contract. "
"There is not a person alive who isn't going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you've lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back. "
"When we have a good team, I know it’s because we have boys that come from good mamas and papas. "
"I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don't need a lot of talent."
"What are you doing here? Tell me why you are here. If you are not here to win a national championship, you're in the wrong place. You boys are special. I don't want my players to be like other students. I want special people. You can learn a lot on the football field that isn't taught in the home, the church, or the classroom. There are going to be days when you think you've got no more to give and then you're going to give plenty more. You are going to have pride and class. You are going to be very special. You are going to win the national championship for Alabama."