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“I ain’t won but one. My team won the rest in spite of me.”

 

Bear Bryant

“Don’t overwork your squad. If you’re going to make a mistake, under-work them.”

 

Bear Bryant

“Everybody’s got pretty good players now, more players than there’ve ever been. If you play poorly, you’re going to get beat.”

 

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

“Every time a player goes out there, at least 20 people have some amount of influence on him. His mother has more influence than anyone. I know because I played, and I loved my mama.”

 

Bear Bryant

“I hope to get out before they start football next year.”

 

Bear Bryant

“The summer day is closed, the sun is set: Well they have done their office, those bright hours, The latest of whose train goes softly out In the red west.”

 

Bear Bryant

“Don’t ever give up on ability. Don’t give up on a player who has it.”

 

Bear Bryant

“The only difference between ‘try’ and ‘triumph’ is varying degrees of ‘umph'”

 

Bear Bryant

“Here’s a twenty, bury two.”

 

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

“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

“Lee Roy was the best college linebacker – bar none. He would have made every tackle on every play if they had stayed in bounds.”

 

Bear Bryant

“I’ve never recommended anybody go into coaching, ’cause if they have enough on the ball, if they can do without coaching, they should do without it. If they put as much work into it andspend as much time, the rewards are going to be much better in something else.”

 

Bear Bryant

“If you don’t learn anything but self discipline, then athletics is worthwhile.”

 

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

“You have to learn what makes this or that Sammy run. For one it’s a pat on the back, for another it’s eating him out, for still another it’s a fatherly talk, or something else. You’re a fool if you think as I did as a young coach, that you can treat them all alike.”

 

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

“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

“If a man is a quitter, I’d rather find out in practice than in a game. I ask for all a player has so I’ll know later what I can expect.”

 

Bear Bryant