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The Bear Bryant Test

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Paul “Bear” Bryant was a legendary football coach. In 38 years of coaching, he only had a single losing season. In 25 years at the University of Alabama, he coached the Crimson Tide to 24 straight bowl appearances and six National Championships.

He got the nickname “Bear” in his teens when he agreed to wrestle a bear in a traveling carnival. No record of the outcome of the match survives. As a coach, Bryant was also a colorful character, known for his black and white houndstooth hat and the colorful things he said. Here are some of my favorites.

“If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”

“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

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