Paul Bear Bryant

Football Coach

Birthday September 11, 1913

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace Fordyce, AR

DEATH DATE Jan 26, 1983 (69)

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Iconic University of Alabama football coach for twenty-five years. He compiled a career record of 323-85-17 and led Alabama to six National Championships from 1961 to 1979.

Before Fame

When he was thirteen, he agreed to wrestle a captive bear, thus earning him his nickname.


He earned his first head coaching job with Maryland in 1945, then coached Kentucky from 1946 to 1953 and Texas A&M from 1954 to 1957 before taking over the reigns at Alabama.

Family Life

He married Harmon Black in 1935, and together they had children named Mae and Paul Jr.

Associated With

He and Joe Paterno are two of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA football history.