Bear always had a poem with him. This was one…
This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is very important because I am Exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever.
Leaving something in its place I have traded for it.
I want it to be a gain, not loss – good, not evil.
Success, not failure in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it.
“When we have a good team, I know it’s because we have boys
that come from good mommas and pappas.”
“Age has nothing to do with it. You can be out of touch at any age.”
“The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.”
“I don’t care how much talent a team has — if the boys don’t think tough, practice tough,
and live tough, how can they play tough on WEEkend ?.”
“You must learn how to hold a team together. You lift some men up, calm others down,
until finally they’ve got one heartbeat. Then, you’ve got yourself a team.”
“No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it’s what his players know that counts.”
“The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier.
The third time, you don’t even have to think about it.”
“Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.”
“One man doesn’t make a team. It takes 11.”
Bear Bryant’s Three Rules for Coaching:
1.”Surround yourself with people who can’t live without football.”
2.”Recognize winners. They come in all forms.”
3.”Have a plan for everything.”
“What matters…is not the size of the dog in the fight, but of the fight in the dog.”
“Don’t talk too much or too soon.”
“In a crisis, don’t hide behind anything or anybody. They’re going to find you anyway.”
“When you make a mistake, admit it; learn from it and don’t repeat it.”
“Football changes and so do people. The successful coach is the one who sets the trend,
not the one who follows it.”
“If you don’t have discipline, you can’t have a successful program.”
“I can reach a kid who doesn’t have any ability as long as he doesn’t know it.”
“You have to be willing to out-condition your opponents.”
“Sacrifice. Work. Self-descipline. I teach these things, and my boys don’t forget them when they leave.”
“When you win, there’s glory enough for everybody. When you lose, there’s glory for none.”
“When you’re number one, you don’t play for the tie.”