Bear Bryant

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Paul Bryant
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born September 11, 1913(1913-09-11)
Fordyce, Arkansas, United States
Died January 26, 1983(1983-01-26) (aged 69)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Playing career
1933–1935 Alabama
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1936
1936–1940
1940–1941
1942
1944
1945
1946–1953
1954–1957
1958–1982
Union (TN) (assistant)
Alabama (assistant)
Vanderbilt (assistant)
Georgia Pre-Flight (assistant)
North Carolina Pre-Flight (assistant)
Maryland
Kentucky
Texas A&M
Alabama
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1957–1983 Alabama
Head coaching record
Overall 323–85–17
Bowls 15–12–2
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
6 National (1961, 1964–1965, 1973, 1978–1979)
1 SWC (1956)
14 SEC (1950, 1961, 1964–1966, 1971–1975, 1977–1979, 1981)
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)

Paul William "Bear" Bryant (September 11, 1913 – January 26, 1983) was an American college football coach. He was best known as the head coach of the University of Alabama football team. During his twenty-five years as Alabama's head coach, his teams won six national championships and thirteen conference championships. When he retired in 1982 he held the record for most wins as head coach in college football history. At the University of Alabama, the Paul W. Bryant Museum, Paul W. Bryant Drive and Bryant-Denny Stadium are all named in his honor.

Before he worked at Alabama, Bryant was head football coach at University of Maryland, the University of Kentucky, and Texas A&M University.

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