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Paul Bear Bryant Quotes


Legendary University of Alabama football coach.
(1913 - 1983)

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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.
[Football]
 

Age has nothing to do with it. You can be out of touch at any age.
[Age]
 

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.
[Winning]
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All this BS about my name recruiting never meant much. I didn't recruit any studs. The ordinary ones played for me.
 

At Alabama, our players don't win Heisman Trophies. Our teams win National Championships.
[Teamwork]
 

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.
[Winning]
 

But it's still a coach's game. Make no mistake. You start at the top. If you don't have a good one at the top, you don't have a cut dog's chance. If you do, the rest falls into place. You have to have good assistants, and a lot of things, but first you have to have the chairman of the board.
[Football]
 

But there's one thing about quitters you have to guard against - they are contagious. If one boy goes, the chances are he'll take somebody with him, and you don't want that. So when they would start acting that way, I used to pack them up and get them out, or embarrass them, or do something to turn them around.
[Quitting]
 

Cunningham did more for integration in Alabama in 60 minutes than Martin Luther King Jr.
[Integration]
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Don't ever give up on ability. Don't give up on a player who has it.
[Ability]
 

Don't give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half.
[Determination]
 

Don't overwork your squad. If you're going to make a mistake, under-work them.
[Football]
 

Don't talk too much or too soon.
[Talking]
 

Don't talk too much. Don't pop off. Don't talk after the game until you cool off.
[Football]
 

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.
[Mother]
 

Everybody's got pretty good players now, more players than there've ever been. If you play poorly, you're going to get beat.
[Performance]
 

Find your own picture, your own self in anything that goes bad. It's awfully easy to mouth off at your staff or chew out players, but if it's bad, and you're the head coach, you're responsible. If we have an intercepted pass, I threw it. I'm the head coach. If we get a punt blocked, I caused it. A bad practice, a bad game, it's up to the head coach to assume his responsibility.
[Football]
 

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.
 


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