Our favorite quote was always this one by "Bear" Bryant. We had a great poster of this (with a fierce looking picture of the "Bear"), autographed by him, on our locker room wall (& also a photo copy in the players' notebooks):
"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".
Paul "Beart" Bryant
Last Edit: Apr 16, 2017 11:54:45 GMT -6 by aceback76
I love most stuff Bear Bryant. Do very many kids even know who he is though?
I'd bet most don't know who he is specifically. I would imagine with Saban's recent success though, and the constant comparisons he has received, that more than a few would know he coached at Bama. I'd bet a fair amount of HS football players at least recognize the name as an old time football coach.
Regardless, a good quotation or true statement can always stand on its own; thats one thing I like about this website is that its most often about the content of the idea, and not the weight of the name its attached to.
Everything in life is either a tool to serve the Lord and do his work, or an idol to distract us from Him.
I see things on here misattributed all the time, quotes that have been around for decades ascribed to someone current.
Unless you are risking copyright or intellectual property infringement, if you take an idea - a play or a philosophy - and use it, make it your own. You don't have to justify it by who supposedly said it first.
Good example in these parts is Schembechler telling his first group of Michigan players in 1969 "Those Who Stay Will Be Champions."
I still hear that phrase and always attributed to Bo.
Heck Bo got it from the Bear - it was Chapter 12 title of Bryant's book Building a Championship Football Team (probably came from his 'Junction Boys' days) which was first published in 1960 before Bo was HC at Miami OH much less Michigan.
Post by Coach Hughes on Apr 17, 2017 17:19:26 GMT -6
I would say that it largely depends on where you are from. Being from Mississippi (specifically Starkville, an hour from Tuscaloosa) everyone around here knows who Bear Bryant is/was. Now some kids from here might not know much about Tom Osborne or Bill Walsh, where as kids from the Bay area may know Walsh but not Bryant, etc.
"Your actions speak so loudly that I can't hear what you say." -Unknown
I don't think The Magic Bank Account is completely accurate because we spend a good portion of nearly every day investing in our future. So in a way you can transfer money into another account. You can make sacrifices today for something better in the future. As football coaches, we probably do that more than most people with all of our offseason work and game week prep.
Saban preaches this point a lot. He likes to say "Invest your time, don't spend it."
I got to visit Bear Bryant's home he was born in, in Fordyce, Arkansas. Awesome. They have a stature of the man wrestling a bear, and that is how he got his nickname "Bear". By being the only person around that could wrestle the bear at the county fair and win, or at least not die. I tell stories of Bear Bryant every year and have his quotes all over the locker room and weight room.