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Bear Bryant
Total Quotes: 152

If a man is a quitter, I'd rather find out in practice than in a game. I ask for all a player has so I'll know later what I can expect. Bear Bryant

Sacrifice. Work. Self-discipline. I teach these things, and my boys don't forget them when they leave. Bear Bryant

A champion pays an extra price to be better than anyone else. Bear Bryant

Have a plan. Follow the plan, and you'll be surprised how successful you can be. Most people don't have a plan. That's why it's easy to beat most folks. Bear Bryant

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. Bear Bryant

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

People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don't share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat. Bear Bryant

I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don't mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I'm talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn't going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you've lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back. Bear Bryant

I've made so many mistakes that if I don't make the same mistakes over, we're going to come pretty close to winning. Bear Bryant

Motivating people- the ingredient that separates winners from losers. Bear Bryant

You try to make your team do something they're not capable of and you get murdered. Bear Bryant

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. Bear Bryant

If you are going to be a successful duck hunter, you must go where the ducks are. Bear Bryant

I ain't won but one. My team won the rest in spite of me. Bear Bryant

When you play defense you have to storm the fort or play cover - you can't do both. Bear Bryant

There's no substitute for guts. Bear Bryant

I'm no innovator. If anything I'm a stealer, or borrower. I've stolen or borrowed from more people than you can shake a stick at. Bear Bryant

The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards. Bear Bryant

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

One man doesn't make a team. It takes eleven. Bear Bryant

If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games. Bear Bryant

I plan on staying at Alabama for the rest of my career. I guarantee that I'll be here for you through it all, regardless of what happens. Bear Bryant

Nearly every coach I've talked with tells me that the attention you get from media and other people is the thing you miss most. I don't know if that's right. Bear Bryant

I'm happy with the coach we have. I think any one of the ones I asked them to consider would've been good. Bear Bryant

I'm no miracle man. I guarantee nothing but hard work. Bear Bryant

You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they've got one heartbeat. Then you've got yourself a team. Bear Bryant

Don't talk too much. Don't pop off. Don't talk after the game until you cool off. Bear Bryant

You take those little rascals, talk to them good, pat them on the back, let them think they are good, and they will go out and beat the biguns. Bear Bryant

I told them my system was based on the "ant plan," that I'd gotten the idea watching a colony of ants in Africa during the war. A whole bunch of ants working toward a common goal. Bear Bryant

If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, "Roll, Tide, Roll!" Bear Bryant

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

I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game. Bear Bryant

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 your 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. Bear Bryant

I'd like for people to remember me as a winner, because I ain't never been nothin but a winner. Bear Bryant

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. Bear Bryant

You're still going to win with preparation and dedication and plain old desire. If you don't have genuine desire, you won't be dedicated enough to prepare properly. Bear Bryant

At Alabama, our players don't win Heisman Trophies. Our teams win National Championships. Bear Bryant

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. Bear Bryant

In a crisis, don't hide behind anything or anybody. They're going to find you anyway. Bear Bryant

The summer day is closed, the sun is set: Well they have done their office, those bright hours, The latest of whose train goes softly out In the red west. Bear Bryant

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. Bear Bryant

It's been years since I've had a real input in the game anyway. For this game, I've just tried to keep all the other stuff away from the players and coaches. Bear Bryant

I hope to get out before they start football next year. Bear Bryant

I honestly believe that if you are willing to out-condition the opponent, have confidence in your ability, be more aggressive than your opponent and have a genuine desire for team victory, you will become the national champions. If you have all the above, you will acquire confidence and poise, and you will have those intangibles that win the close ones. Bear Bryant

Don't ever give up on ability. Don't give up on a player who has it. Bear Bryant

Expect the unexpected. Bear Bryant

There's no use fussing on a boy who doesn't have any ability. Bear Bryant

The Lord expects you to do some things for yourself. Bear Bryant

You win games with your strengths, not your weaknesses. Bear Bryant

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. Bear Bryant

When I was a young coach I used to say, "Treat everybody alike." That's bull. Treat everybody fairly. Bear Bryant

I can reach a kid who doesn't have any ability as long as he doesn't know it. Bear Bryant

Hell, no! A tie is like kissing your sister! Bear Bryant

There is no substitute for guts. Bear Bryant

Football changes and so do people. Bear Bryant

Don't give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half. Bear Bryant

The faint old man shall lean his silver head To feel thee; thou shalt kiss the child asleep, And dry the moistened curls that overspread His temples, while his breathing grows more deep. Bear Bryant

Losing doesn't make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder. Bear Bryant

I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don't need a lot of talent. Bear Bryant

The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I'm not talking about grades now, I'm talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be. Bear Bryant

There is no sin in not liking to play; it's a mistake for a boy to be there if he doesn't want to. Bear Bryant

We can't have two standards, one set for the dedicated young men who want to do something ambitious and one set for those who don't. Bear Bryant

What are you doing here? Tell me why you are here. If you are not here to win a national championship, you're in the wrong place. You boys are special. I don't want my players to be like other students. I want special people. You can learn a lot on the football field that isn't taught in the home, the church, or the classroom. There are going to be days when you think you've got no more to give and then you're going to give plenty more. You are going to have pride and class. You are going to be very special. You are going to win the national championship for Alabama. Bear Bryant

Don't tolerate lazy people. They are losers. Bear Bryant

You have to be willing to out-condition your opponents. Bear Bryant

I'm no genius, but I'm a damn good football coach. Bear Bryant

Being inside Tiger Stadium is like being on the inside of a drum. Bear Bryant

I have had players who are good, and who know they are good; I have had players who are bad and know they are bad; I have had players who are good, but who don't know they are good; I have had players who are bad, but who don't know they are bad. It is this last group that has won more games for me than the first three groups combined. Bear Bryant

It's kind of hard to rally around a math class. Bear Bryant

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

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