Bryant served in the Navy, on the U.S.S.

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However, his ship, the converted liner He was later granted an honorable discharge to train recruits and coach the After meeting with Byrd the next day, Bryant received the job as head coach of the Bryant coached at Kentucky for eight seasons. "I want people who are willing to sacrifice and do without a lot of those things ordinary students get to do. Their first of two children, Mae Martin, was born nine months later. After leading the Aggies to an 8-3 record in 1957, Bryant was asked to return to his alma mater. Marley died aged 36.

He collapsed due to a cardiac episode in 1977 and decided to enter Shortly before his death, Bryant met with evangelist After a sixth-place SEC finish in the 1982 season that included losses to LSU and Tennessee, each for the first time since 1970, Bryant, who had turned 69 that September, announced his retirement, stating, "This is my school, my alma mater. Bryant's first spring practice back at Alabama was much like what happened at Junction. 1 in 1973 before losing 24-23 to Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. A month later, then-President Ronald Reagan posthumously awarded Bryant the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Bryant revived a floundering program, leading the Crimson Tide to a 5-4-1 record his first season, one more victory than the school had in the three previous years combined. As a youth, he worked on the family farm and played sports at Fordyce High School. Bryant, dressed in his trademark black and white houndstooth hat and sports jacket, watching the teams intently from the sidelines was a frequent sight during the warm ups and the games. In 1940, he left Alabama to become an assistant at Vanderbilt University under Henry Russell Sanders. For years, Bryant defended charges of racism by saying the social climate didn't allow him to go after black players. "Even his peers in the coaching business felt in awe of him," Paterno said. In 1970, Bryant recruited Wilbur Jackson as Alabama's first African-American scholarship player. Bear was 69 years old at the time of death. Bear Bryant was 69. Over 25 years in Tuscaloosa, he compiled a record of 232-46-9, with six national titles and 15 conference championships. His family was poor. In November 1981, a 28-17 win over Auburn was Bryant's 315th career victory, enabling him to pass Amos Alonzo Stagg's all-time record. "Well", Bryant replied, "then that's where we're going to finish in football. Paul William "Bear" Bryant (September 11, 1913 – January 26, 1983) was an American college football player and coach.

This included abandoning Alabama's old power offense for the relatively new Bryant coached at Alabama for 25 years, winning six national titles (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, and 1979) and thirteen SEC championships. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of The Birmingham News) Paul “Bear” Bryant memorial at Legion Field, 2007. They defeated Arkansas to claim the national championship. Both eventually got second chances. See the events in life of Bear Bryant in Chronological Order He reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander and was discharged from the Navy in 1944.In 1945, Bryant became the head coach of the Maryland Terrapins. 10 ranking in 1959, starting a string of 24 straight postseason appearances under Bryant. The money tempted Bryant, but he remained, saying he was secure financially and would never leave Alabama just for financial reasons. After graduating in 1936, Bryant was an assistant coach with Alabama for four years and Vanderbilt for two. However, Texas A&M didn't get invited to the Cotton Bowl because of a two-year bowl ban imposed by the NCAA the previous year for widespread rules violations, including players receiving money. He was 69.