Quotes by: Bear Bryant

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Bear Bryant
Bryant with his trademark houndstooth hat
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1913-09-11)September 11, 1913
Moro Bottom, Arkansas
Died January 26, 1983(1983-01-26) (aged 69)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Playing career
1933–1935 Alabama
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1936 Union (TN) (assistant)
1936–1940 Alabama (assistant)
1940–1941 Vanderbilt (assistant)
1942 Georgia Pre-Flight (assistant)
1944 North Carolina Pre-Flight (assistant)
1945 Maryland
1946–1953 Kentucky
1954–1957 Texas A&M
1958–1982 Alabama
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1954–1957 Texas A&M
1957–1983 Alabama
Head coaching record
Overall 323–85–17
Bowls 15–12–2
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
6 National (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979)
14 SEC (1950, 1961, 1964–1966, 1971–1975, 1977–1979, 1981)
1 SWC (1956)
Awards
3x AFCA Coach of the Year (1961, 1971, 1973)
12x SEC Coach of the Year (1950, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977–1979, 1981)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1986 (profile)

Nearly every coach I've talked with tells me that the attention you get from media and other people is the thing you miss most. I don't know if that's right.
Bear Bryant
Back 12 years ago, when Dr. Mathews was president here, we had a plan that when I got ready to quit, we'd bring a certain guy in and he'd take over that day and I'd leave. But as time wore on, I realized that wouldn't have been good at all.
Bear Bryant
Georgia Tech beat us and Mississippi Southern tied us last year, and Texas beat us after we had the game won. We only played about five games the way we were capable of playing and lost one of those.
Bear Bryant
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.
Bear Bryant
I'm happy with the coach we have. I think any one of the ones I asked them to consider would've been good.
Bear Bryant
The fun never goes out, but it changes with the years, with winning and losing.
Bear Bryant
I've had many a player tell me all through high school and right up until signing day that they were coming to Alabama, then they signed with somebody else.
Bear Bryant
I think I'm telling the truth. I sat by Ray Perkins at the Hall of Fame dinner in New York, and at that time he didn't know he was our coach and I didn't either.
Bear Bryant
I plan on staying at Alabama for the rest of my career. I guarantee that I'll be here for you through it all, regardless of what happens.
Bear Bryant
It's been years since I've had a real input in the game anyway. For this game, I've just tried to keep all the other stuff away from the players and coaches.
Bear Bryant
I want to make sure I don't interfere with the success of that team next year. I don't see any way I could go to practice like most of 'em do, and not hurt the team. I'd go nuts if I tried doing that.
Bear Bryant
I'll put you through hell, but at the end of it all we'll be champions.
Bear Bryant
I can remember loving to recruit. I knew I was going to do my best. But traveling and recruiting doesn't appeal to me any more. It's not as much fun as it used to be.
Bear Bryant
I didn't have a thing to do with picking a coach, and didn't want to. But I didn't think they'd pick one I didn't like.
Bear Bryant
If I miss coaching that much, I could go to some little school where they didn't recruit, where all the kids wanted to go. I believe I could find somewhere to coach.
Bear Bryant
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