NCAA Football Tribute To Coach Bear Bryant On The Day He Died


Paul William “Bear” Bryant (September 11, 1913 – January 26, 1983) 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” hat, deep voice, casually leaning up against the goal post during pregame warm-ups….and frequently holding his rolled-up game plan while on the sidelines smoking a cigarette.


  1. My father played for Coach Bryant during the 61 National Championship. Coach Bryant was bigger than life itself.

    1. Howdy Beau….and thanks for your comment….cuz we here at ImaSportsphile feel that your father was a very fortunate fellow to play for Coach Bryant….and even more so to be on a National Championship team. If your father had a mind to write a story about his experience playing for Coach Bryant in the 1961 championship season….we would love to post it with more of our videos about Coach Bryant.

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