Bear Bryant
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"Paul William "Bear" Bryant" was an American college football player and coach. He was best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide football/football team. During his 25-year tenure as Alabama's head coach, he amassed six national championships and thirteen conference championships. Upon his retirement in 1982, he held the List of college football coaches with 200 wins/record for most wins as head coach in collegiate football history with 323 wins. At the University of Alabama, the Paul W. Bryant Museum, Paul W. Bryant Hall, Paul W. Bryant Drive, and Bryant–Denny Stadium are all named in his honor. He was also known for his trademark black and white houndstooth or gingham hat, deep voice, casually leaning up against the goal post during pre-game warmups, and frequently holding his rolled-up game plan while on the sidelines.

Before arriving at Alabama, Bryant was head football coach at the Maryland Terrapins football/University of Maryland, the Kentucky Wildcats football/University of Kentucky, and Texas A&M Aggies football/Texas A&M University. Of the schools he coached, Maryland is the only one not currently a member of the Southeastern Conference.

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