Bear Bryant

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Bear Bryant
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1913-09-11)September 11, 1913
Moro Bottom, Arkansas
DiedJanuary 26, 1983(1983-01-26) (aged 69)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Playing career
1933–1935Alabama
Position(s)End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1936Union (TN) (assistant)
1936–1940Alabama (assistant)
1940–1941Vanderbilt (assistant)
1942Georgia Pre-Flight (assistant)
1944North Carolina (defensive assistant)
1945Maryland
1946–1953Kentucky
1954–1957Texas A&M
1958–1982Alabama
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1954–1957Texas A&M
1957–1983Alabama
Head coaching record
Overall323–85–17
Bowls15–12–2
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)

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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