Bear Bryant

Knowledge Identifier: +Bear_Bryant


Bear Bryant

American college football player and coach add

Category: Football

Born in 1913.

Countries: United States (61%), Alabama (20%), Tennessee (6%)

Main connections: Alabama, Wally Butts, The Saturday Evening Post

Linked to: College football, Paul W. Bryant Museum, Rice Stadium, Union University




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Bear Bryant was born in 1913 add something


Bryant accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Alabama in 1931 add something


Bryant himself was second team All-SEC in 1934, and was third team all conference in both 1933 and 1935 add something


Bryant played end for the Crimson Tide and was a participant on the school's 1934 National Championship team add something


Bryant played with a partially broken leg in a 1935 game against Tennessee add something


After graduating in 1936, Bryant took a coaching job at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee , Tennessee, but he left that position when offered an assistant coaching position under Frank Thomas at the University of Alabama add something


In 1940, he left Alabama to become an assistant at Vanderbilt University under Henry Russell Sanders add something


After the 1941 season, Bryant was offered the head coaching job at the University of Arkansas add something


In 1942, he served as an assistant coach with the Georgia Pre-Flight Skycrackers add something


Otto Graham - He played basketball for Colgate before moving to North Carolina Pre-Flight later in 1944, where he played on the Cloudbusters football team under coaches Glenn Killinger and Bear Bryant


In 1945, 32-year-old Bryant met Washington Redskins owner George Marshall at a cocktail party hosted by the "Chicago Tribune", and said he had turned down offers for assistant coaching positions at Alabama and Georgia Tech add something


Harry Bonk - Bear Bryant convinced a group of 20 former V-12 cadets to enroll at the University of Maryland to play for his football team, where Bonk played from 1945 to 1948


The living players from the 1950 team were honored during halftime of a game during the 2005 season add something


Jim Owens - He played a year of pro football in 1950 and was a college assistant coach for six years under the legendary Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky and Texas A&M University


Jim Stanley - Stanley was a three-year starter for Bear Bryant's Texas A&M Aggies teams in the 1950s


Blanton Collier - When University of Kentucky head football coach Bear Bryant left for Texas A&M University after the 1953 season, Collier accepted an offer to succeed him


In 1954, Bryant accepted the head coaching job at Texas A&M University add something


Fred Russell - The 1955 celebration included stars such as football greats Red Grange and Bear Bryant, Bobby Jones and Jack Dempsey, as well as writer Red Smith from New York, all attending to honor their friend Freddie Russell


Jennings B. Whitworth - Whitworth brought assistant coach Moose Johnson with him from Oklahoma A&M. Following successive 2–7–1 seasons in 1956 and 1957, Whitworth was fired and replaced by Bear Bryant


Hank Foldberg - He inherited an Aggies program that had not had a winning season since former Aggies coach Bear Bryant left for the University of Alabama after the 1957 season


Bryant took over the Alabama football team in 1958 add something


Gene Stallings - In 1958, Stallings joined Bear Bryant's original staff at the University of Alabama as a defensive assistant


The next year, in 1959, Alabama beat Auburn and appeared in a bowl game, the first time either had happened in the last six years add something


Wally Butts - In the 1960s, Butts filed a libel lawsuit against the "Saturday Evening Post" after it ran an article alleging that he and Alabama head coach Bear Bryant had conspired to fix games


Howard Schnellenberger - Schnellenberger is famous for recruiting Joe Namath to the University of Alabama for Bear Bryant in 1961


Howard Schnellenberger - Schnellenberger served as offensive coordinator under his college coach Bear Bryant at the Alabama, helping Alabama win three national championships in 1961, 1964 and 1965 before leaving in 1966 to take a job in the NFL as receivers coach of the Los Angeles Rams under George Allen, was hired by Don Shula in 1970 to become the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins and parlaying the success of Miami's 1972 perfect season into becoming the new head coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1973


Richard Williamson (American football) - Williamson was a wide receiver under legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant for the 1961 and 1962 seasons


In 1962, Bryant denounced "The Saturday Evening Post" for printing an article that charged him with encouraging his players to "engage in brutality" in a 1961 game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets add something


The 1962 season ended with a victory in the Orange Bowl over Bud Wilkinson's University of Oklahoma Sooners add something


The magazine claimed that Bryant and Georgia Bulldogs coach Wally Butts had conspired to fix their 1962 game together in Alabama's favor add something


Furman Bisher - He became embroiled in a national controversy in 1962 after he contributed to an article for "The Saturday Evening Post" which alleged that the University of Georgia's former head football coach and then-current athletic director Wally Butts and coach Bear Bryant of the University of Alabama conspired to fix the outcome of a college football game


Ray Graves - Among the many highlights of the Graves era was the 1963 Gators' 10–6 upset victory over coach Bear Bryant's 1963 Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Alabama


In 1964, the Tide won another national championship, but lost to the University of Texas in the 1965 Orange Bowl, in the first nationally televised college game in color add something


The Crimson Tide would repeat as champions in 1965 after defeating Nebraska in the Orange Bowl add something


Pat Dye - Dye's first coaching job came as an assistant at the University of Alabama in 1965, under Bear Bryant


Kim Hammond - FSU had lost in 1965 by the score of 21-0, but instead of being dominated, they embarrassed Bear Bryant by scoring more points than Alabama had allowed the entire previous season


Coming off back-to-back national championship seasons, Bryant's Alabama team went undefeated in 1966, and defeated a strong Nebraska team 34–7 in the Sugar Bowl add something


The 1967 team was billed as another national championship contender with star quarterback Kenny Stabler returning, but the team stumbled out of the gate and tied Florida State 37–37 at Legion Field add something


In 1968, Bryant again could not match his previous successes, as the team went 8–3, losing to the University of Missouri 35–10 in the Gator Bowl add something


The 1969 and 1970 teams finished 6–5 and 6–5–1 respectively add something


He finally was able to convince the administration to allow him to do so after scheduling the Tide's 1970 season opener against a strong University of Southern California team led by black fullback Sam Cunningham add something


In 1971, Bryant began engineering a comeback to prove that he still had it add something


F. David Mathews - He presided over the integration of the university's football program under Hall of Fame coach Bear Bryant in 1971


By 1973, one-third of the team's starters were black add something


The team would go on to split national championships in 1973 and 1978 and win it outright in 1979 add something


Marty Lyons - Lyons attended the University of Alabama, where he played for coach Bear Bryant's Alabama Crimson Tide football team from 1975 to 1978


Bryant's win over in-state rival Auburn University, coached by former Bryant assistant Pat Dye in November 1981 was Bryant's 315th as a head coach, which was the most of any head coach at that time add something


Jerry Claiborne - After the 1981 season at Maryland, Claiborne followed in the footsteps of Bear Bryant and went from College Park, Maryland, Maryland, to Lexington, Kentucky, Kentucky; the home of the University of Kentucky


After the 1982 season, Bryant, who had turned 69 that September, decided to retire, stating, "This is my school, my alma mater add something


Upon his retirement in 1982, he held the record for most wins as head coach in collegiate football history with 323 wins add something


Tony Eason - Eason's final game for Illinois was the 1982 Liberty Bowl, which marked the last head coaching appearance of Bear Bryant for Alabama


Tim Brewster - Legendary coach Bear Bryant, when they met in 1982, advised him, after hearing of his interest in coaching, to coach high school and "really learn the game


Mike White (American football) - The 1982 Liberty Bowl was notable as the final game coached by University of Alabama head coach Bear Bryant

Bear Bryant died in 1983 add something


Four weeks after making that comment, and just one day after passing a routine medical checkup, on January 25, 1983, Bryant checked into Druid City Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama after experiencing chest pain add something


University of Alabama - In film, probably the most famous reference to the university is in the 1994 film "Forrest Gump" , in which the title character, portrayed by actor Tom Hanks, attends the University of Alabama and plays football there under Bear Bryant


Newsome was the GM of the Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV championship team in 2000 add something


Croom was the SEC's first African-American head coach at Mississippi State from 2004 through 2008 add something


Brad Vice - In late 2004 Vice's short story collection, "The Bear Bryant Funeral Train", won the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction *award from the University of Georgia Press


University of Georgia Press - On October 27, 2005, the University of Georgia Press rescinded author Brad Vice's Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and recalled copies of his collection "The Bear Bryant Funeral Train


Kevin Donley - On November 3, 2018, the Cougars won to give Donley his 324rd victory, moving him past Bear Bryant for 7th best all-time