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(The Last Coach: A Life of Paul Bear Bryant.pdf) When Paul William Bear Bryant died on January it was the lead story on the all three networks evening news New York City newspapers reported his death on their front pages Crimson Tears read the headline in the i New York Post i Nation weeps over death of legendary Bear Bryant Three days later America watched in awe as an estimated quarter of a million mourners lined the fifty five mile stretch from Tuscaloosa to a Birmingham cemetery to pay their respects as his three mile long funeral cortege drove by br br br President Reagan and the three former American presidents sent flowers as did people as diverse as Bob Hope ABC s Roone Arledge advice columnist Ann Landers and the Reverend Billy Graham Scores of Bryant s former players including Joe Namath Lee Roy Jordan Ken Stabler and Ozzie Newsome were in attendance So were Bryant s most distinguished colleagues the greatest living football coaches including Southern Cal s John McKay who said It was like a presidential funeral procession No coach in America could have gotten that No coach but him But then he wasn t just a coach He was the coach br br br Bryant s passing was noted with the kind of reverence our country reserved for statesmen or military leaders though Paul Bear Bryant had insisted for much of his life that he was just a football coach For millions he was much more he was the greatest coach the game ever saw the heir to the tradition established by Knute Rockne He took his Alabama Crimson Tide teams to an unmatched six national championships But to the players journalists and fans whose lives he touched in his more than half a century as a player and coach he was the last symbol of values that transcended football courage discipline loyalty and hard work br br br To his critics Bryant represented the dark side of big time college football brutality fanaticism and blind adherence to authority The real Bear Bryant was far more complex than either his admirers or detractors knew While maintaining a public friendship with Alabama governor George Wallace he continually sought ways to undermine the governor s segregationist policies finally forcing a legendary football game in Birmingham with the University of Southern California that opened the floodgates to the integration of football at the University of Alabama including its coaching staff Old fashioned in his politics he was nonetheless an admirer of Robert Kennedy whom he planning to vote for in br br br Allen Barra s i The Last Coach i traces Paul Bryant s rise from a family of truck farmers to recognition as the most successful and influential coach in the game s history The eleventh of thirteen children Bryant was born in tiny Moro Bottom Arkansas in and grew up in nearby Fordyce where his legend was born when he wrestled a live bear on the stage of a local theater Paul was raised by his mother who barely managed to keep him out of trouble and on the Fordyce High School Redbugs long enough to get a football scholarship at Alabama where he would meet and marry the love of his life campus beauty queen Mary Harmon Black br br br At the height of the Depression football took Bryant to the Rose Bowl with Alabama s national champions and on to a career as an assistant and finally a head football coach where he matched wit and grit with the greatest coaches of two generations men like Tennessee s General Robert Neyland Oklahoma s Bud Wilkinson Notre Dame s Ara Parseghian Ohio State s Woody Hayes and Penn State s Joe Paterno Along the way he stirred controversy with his infamous Junction Boys training camp in during which almost two thirds of the Texas A football team quit his legal battle with i The Saturday Evening Post i over the accusation that he had conspired to fix a college football game a trial which rocked the sports world and his pursuit of Amos Alonzo Stagg s all time record for college coaching victories br br br Through it all Bryant s influence has not only endured but prevailed as his former players and assistants continue to define the best in not only college but professional football A i USA Today i and i Washington Post i Best Sports BookDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming The Last Coach: A Life of Paul Bear Bryant books for multiple devices.