The Long Shadow of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant


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An up close and personal look at the patriarch of the Alabama Football Family, his gut-wrenching decision to relinquish power, the turbulent years he predicted for Alabama football, and his bridge-building plan designed to create The Crimson Tide’s next “larger than life” coach

He was many things to many people. To his immediate family, he was “Papa”. To his friends, he was “Paul”. To his football family, he was “Coach Bryant”. To the masses, he was affectionately known as “Bear”, a nickname that he never really cared for. Regardless of the moniker to which he answered, the man grew to be larger than life. More than a quarter of a century since he was laid to rest, Coach Paul “bear” Bryant’s imposing shadow still lingers over The University of Alabama, its storied football program, and the sport that he changed – for the better – forever.


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