44 Greatest Paul Bear Bryant Quotes

44 Greatest Paul Bear Bryant Quotes

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Paul “Bear” Bryant was a college football coach for the University of Alabama. During his 25 year long career with the school he took the team to win 13 conference championships and 6 national championships. He died on January 26, 1983 at the age of 69.

“A few minutes ago, I had a hard time getting through the lobby because of all the people. After today, that won’t be happening.”

“A good, quick, small team can beat a big, slow team any time.”

“All I know is, I don’t want to stop coaching, and I don’t want to stop winning, so we’re gonna break the record unless I die.”

“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.”

“Be aware of “yes” men. Generally, they are losers. Surround yourself with winners. Never forget – people win.”

“Cunningham did more for integration in Alabama in 60 minutes than Martin Luther King Jr.”

“Don’t give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half.”

“Don’t talk too much or too soon.”

“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.”

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

“First there are those who are winners, and know they are winners. Then there are the losers who know they are losers. Then there are those who are not winners, but don’t know it. They’re
the ones for me. They never quit trying. They’re the soul of our game.”

“Football games are generally won by the boys with the greatest desire.”

“Hell, no! A tie is like kissing your sister!”

“I ain’t never had much fun. I ain’t never been two inches away from a football. Here guys go fishing on the day of the game, hunting, golfing, and all I want to do is be alone, studying
how not to lose.”

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

“I can reach a kid who doesn’t have any ability as long as he doesn’t know it.”

“I didn’t care if we ever quit practicing. I loved it. The only other guy I ever knew who loved it as much was Jerry Duncan. He would beg to practice even when he was hurt. I’ve actually
seen him cry because the trainer told him he couldn’t scrimmage.”

“I don’t have any ideas; my coaches have them. I just pass the ideas on and referee the arguments.”

“I don’t hire anybody not brighter than I am. If they’re not smarter than me, I don’t need them.”

“I have tried to teach them to show class, to have pride, and to display character. I think football, winning games, takes care of itself if you do that.”

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

“I knew it was time to leave when they had a banquet and they gave Aldolph a Cadillac and gave me a cigarette lighter.”

“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.”

“I want to make sure I don’t interfere with the success of that team next year. I don’t see any way I could go to practice like most of ‘em do, and not hurt the team. I’d go nuts if I tried
doing that.”

“If there is one thing that has helped me as a coach, it’s my ability to recognize winners, or good people who can become winners by paying the price.”

“If we’d beaten ‘em, I wouldn’t be going out.”

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”

“If you don’t have discipline, you can’t have a successful program.”

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

“If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it.”

“I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives up on himself. In time he will develop.”

“I’m just a simple plow hand from Arkansas, but I have learned over the years how to hold a team together. How to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they’ve got one
heartbeat, together, a team.”

“I’m not much of a golfer, I don’t have any friends and, all I like to do is go home and be alone, and not worry about ways not to lose.”

“In life, you’ll have your back up against the wall many times. You might as well get used to it.”

“It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then
you can come back.”

“It’s nice to have the opportunity to play for so much money, but it’s nicer to win it.”

“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 and
spend as much time, the rewards are going to be much better in something else.”

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

“Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.”

“Mama called, and when Mama calls, you just have to come running.”

“Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin’ and preachin’ were a lot alike.”

“Recruiting is the one thing I hate. I won’t do it unless my coaches tell me I’ve just got to. The whole process is kind of undignified for me and the young man.”

“There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.”

“There’s no substitute for guts.”