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Tribute to Coach Bryant - January 26, 1983

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It was a cold rainy day in Tuscaloosa when I overheard a couple of students discussing something sacrilege after leaving my cost accounting class, so I called the radio station to confirm.  

Without even mentioning his name, I asked, " I need to confirm a rumor that I just heard..." Without missing a beat, the voice said, "It's true. Coach Bryant died this morning at Druid City Hospital."

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I was 5 years old and hadn't become that interested in football yet, but I do remember where I was when I watched the Space Shuttle Discovery blow up live on TV and where I was when the two towers collapsed live on TV.

Coach Paul Bear Bryant contributed a great deal to the game and is possibly the greatest legendary coach there will ever be, but his death is not as important as other tragic events that we say "where were you when" about.  The Kennedy assination was one such event.  Paul Bryant lived a pretty full life and health problems caught up to him.  He pretty much died coaching or died from coaching and there's true grit and passion in that.

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I was a senior in HS and we had just finished our season.....coach called a team meeting lol, to get us out of class
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I was prolly shittin' my diaper somewhere.
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It suddenly occurred to me that 99% of the folks on this board have only seen the Bear on video.  Suddenly I feel very old...

There is no way to explain the national adoration of the Bear.  He was much, much bigger than life.   You would not believe the national audience for 315 and then 316.  

Then for the next two weeks after his death, most TV programming was interrupted with life stories of the Bear.

My most vivid recollection is racing to the student section of Legion Field to save seats.  The pre-game ritual was for the players to walk the sidelines while still in street clothes.  And Coach Bryant would always bring up the rear, shuffling along wearing his Amana fishing cap (houndstooth fedora was reserved for the one or two TV games each year).

And when he reached the student section, the twenty or so students would stand and clap.  And he always seem a bit surprised.

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I wasn't alive....I hate that I never got to see him in person....on tv....or coach a game....
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Coach we still miss you.
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