Bear Bryant

American football head coach

1913 – 1983

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Who was Bear Bryant?

Paul William "Bear" Bryant was an American college football player and coach. He was best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama football team. During his 25-year tenure as Alabama's head coach, he amassed six national championships and thirteen conference championships. Upon his retirement in 1982, he held the record for most wins as head coach in collegiate football history with 323 wins. At the University of Alabama, the Paul W. Bryant Museum, Paul W. Bryant Hall, Paul W. Bryant Drive and Bryant–Denny Stadium are all named in his honor. He was also known for his trademark black and white houndstooth or gingham hat, deep voice, casually leaning up against the goal post during pre-game warmups, and frequently holding his rolled-up game plan while on the sidelines.

Before arriving at Alabama, Bryant was head football coach at the University of Maryland, the University of Kentucky, and Texas A&M University. Of the schools he coached, Maryland is the only one not currently a member of the Southeastern Conference.

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Born
Sep 11, 1913
Fordyce
Also known as
  • Paul William Bryant
  • Paul William "Bear" Bryant
Parents
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Alabama
Lived in
  • Arkansas
Died
Jan 26, 1983
Tuscaloosa
Resting place
Elmwood Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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