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Bear's personal off the field and his accomplishments on the field have contributed equally to his ever-growing status as an American icon....

Title : Bear: The Hard Life and Good Times of Alabama's Coach Bryant
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ISBN : 9780316113250
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 367 Pages
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Bear: The Hard Life and Good Times of Alabama's Coach Bryant Reviews

  • Kase Wulff
    2018-11-24 06:30

    Paul "Bear" Bryant was a legendary football coach at Kentucky, Texas A and M, and the University of Alabama. He won six national championships and thirteen conference championships while he coached at Alabama. When Bryant retired, he held the record for the most wins as head coach in collegiate history. Outside of football, Paul was the eleventh of twelve children, and was born in Fordyce, Arkansas. He got his nickname bear when he agreed to wrestle a captive bear during a theater promotion. He was only thirteen years old at the time. Bear attended Fordyce high school, and played football there as an eighth grader. As an offensive linemen and a defensive end, Paul and his team won the state championship in Arkansas in the year of 1930, but this was only the beginning of legend.Paul Bryant accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Alabama. He played defensive end, and was part of the 1934 national championship team. Bryant took over the Alabama football team in 1958. In their first season they went 5 – 4 – 1. In 1961, Alabama won a national championship against Arkansas. Their record was 11 - 0 at the conclusion of that season.The 1976 team was another national championship contender. Their quarterback at the time was Kenny Stabler. After the 1982 season, Bear decided to retire at the age of 69 that December. He died of a heart attack on January 25, 1983. Paul Bryant was one of the greatest coaches of all time, and will be remembered as such. His coaching excellence brought Alabama through tough times, and shaped them into a championship team. This man changed the sport forever, and will always be remembered.

  • Riley Young
    2018-11-21 23:08

    Paul William "Bear" Bryant was best known for his time coaching at the University of Alabama. He was born in Moro Bottom, Arkansas, and grew up there. Bear is now considered among the best coaches in the nation. I believe Bryant was the best coach there ever was and will be. Bear wrote his autobiography for several reasons. One reason is to show his success as a coach, and how he did it. His book also shows why he is the best. Most of all he demonstrates how one can become a great coach through his experience. Bear uses his humorous stories to give an example to young and rising coaches. The theme of the book is success. Bryant shares how he was successful and passes his knowledge of success to readers. He mentions many times his little hints to success. Bear also shares how he received tips from prior coaches as well. Other times, Bryant gave advice to coaches who did not know what to do with their success or how to get it. Bryant wrote his autobiography not in chronological order, but how it made most sense and helped get his point across. The book's style is a description because of Bear's stories not being chronological and he explained the events. Bear also made the football games and other happenings feel as if you are right there, and it is current.I found the book very interesting. I liked how the book was written and the story of "Bear" Bryant. I also liked his side notes and advice. I liked the book very much and found nothing to my disliking. Paul William "Bear" Bryant was an outstanding coach unparalleled to any others.

  • Monte Lamb
    2018-11-16 02:17

    If you grew up in the south in the 1960's and followed college football, you will love this book. It is the autobiography of Paul "Bear" Bryant. It is honest and tells it like it was. It was particularly good when talking about the big law suit with the SATURDAY EVENING POST over the "fixing" of a football game with Georgia in the early 60's. You get a good sense of what drove this man to becoming such a great coach. It is easy to read and well-written.

  • Mark Warren
    2018-11-16 04:21

    I really enjoyed Coach Bryant's autobiography. I was surprised and impressed by how candid and genuine the coach was regarding recruiting, race relations, and the increasing influence of big money in the college game over the course of his career. Great football stories too. Definitely recommend.

  • Ben Smith
    2018-12-10 06:22

    You can't understand Alabama without reading this book.

  • Dianne
    2018-12-10 01:10

    Liked the book and the straightforward talk. Loved thereferences to what was going on in that time period.

  • Clint Priest
    2018-11-13 23:30

    Bear's autobiography. Has to get five stars. Roll Tide.