Who was Bear Bryant?

Very few people in this world get to decorate their name in history even after they are gone. Such an instance is Bear Bryan. Bear Bryant was one of the most respected and loved American football players as wells as a coach. He was born on September 11, 1913, in the city of Mor Botton, Arkansas, United States of American. His real name was Paul William, Bear Bryant.

Quick Info
Full NamePaul William Bear Bryant
Date Of BirthSeptember 11, 1913
Birth PlaceMoro Bottom, Arkansas, USA
Ida Kilgore
ProfessionAmerican Football Player and a Coach
SpouseMary Harmon
Height6 ft 4 in
DeathJanuary 26, 1983

What was he famous for?

Paul William Bear Bryant, also Bear Bryant, was famous for his career as a professional football player and his phenomenal strategy to make a great team. He is also one of the fewest coaches who is still remembered after they are gone. Bryant had won many trophies as well as records for his strategy and planning as a coach. He has won some of the rarest titles, such as AFCA coach of the year, SEC coach of the year, and many more. Brant was and still is the greatest college football coach of all time.Bear Bryant


Parents, and Early Life

Bear Bryan was born in Moro Bottom, Arkansas, united states of America. He was born to William Monroe Bryant and Ida Kilgore Bryant. His father, William, was a carpenter, and he also owned his own furniture. His mother, Ida Kilgore, worked in a local Coffee house. Bryant was the 11th of the total 12 children to his parents. He is Laura Brant, Thomas Brant, Allen Bryant, Barney Bryant, Orrie Lee Bryant, Harlie Bryant, Jack Horace Bryant, and Ouida Brant. He chose the name Bear after his favorite wrestler. 

Bryant was interested in football from his very beginning. His mother, Ida Kilgore, wanted to become a Minister or something in Politics, but the bear had decided to be a football coach. In an interview, he had stated that Coaching is fun and is more like preaching. It is an opportunity to make a person better in what he/she does best. Bryant used to play football in his school. After school, he used to run to the football field and used to return late in the evening.


Bear Bryant did his early school at Fordyce High School. While playing football in school, he was caught in the eye of a sports coach from the University of Alabama. Later in 1931, the University of Alabama offered him a scholarship in sport. Bryant dropped out of that college and attended Tuscaloosa High school to finish his higher education. Bryant was selected for the College’s senior team, where he got an opportunity to be a better football player. He was one of the best football players of Tuscaloosa High School. During his stay at that college, he leads the team to National Championship.

Nationality and Ethnicity

Bear Bryan was born in the United States of America. His father, Grandfather, all of them were the native of America, which makes him belongs to American nationality. His ethnicity is white. Besides, Bear has huge respect and love for his country.

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Physical Statistics, and Wiki

Though Bear Bryant isn’t with us today, we can not deny the fact that he was one of the most famous football players and coaches in entire football history. To be athletic, One most got to have a muscular body. He was 6 feet and 4 feet tall. His last weight before his death was 84kg. This famous college coach was a huge fan of blues music. His favorite color was blue, and his favorite flower was Rose. The color of his eye and hair was Golden Brown and Hazel, respectively. His Zodiac sign and the Birth sign were Aries. Besides football, Bryant loved games like Chess, Horse Riding, and Golf.  

Coaching Career

Bear Bryant started his career as a football coach in the year 1936. From the beginning, Bear was determined to be a college coach. He took a job as a head coach of A.B Hollingsworth at Union Univesity. He left the job after being offered the job as an assistant manager at the University of Alabama. His strategy and tactics made the football team of the University of Alabama, the most outstanding football team in the State.


Later on, in 1945, one of his colleagues, George Marshall offered him a job as a head Coach of Maryland Terrapins. Like the former college which he worked, football thrived at an enormous rate. They were able to make a record of 6-2-1 in that year.


Bear Bryant left the job after he was offered the job of Head Coach at the University of Kentucky. While his stay at Kentucky, Bryant was able to get the team in prestigious leagues such as  Great Lakes Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Cotton Bowl Classic. Bear led the football team of Kentucky to its highest. Throughout his entire career, Bryant served as head coach on many colleges and universities, including Alabama, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia pre-Flight, Vanderbilt, Union, and many others.

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Personal Life

Bear Bryant met Mary Harmon, editor of the Washington Post, in the year 1933. The two of them dated for two years and eventually married in 1935. This couple was blessed with two children. For his entire life, Bear was a heavy drinker and a smoker. His health gradually went on going bad from 1970. He even stayed at Alcohol Rehab and returned after only weeks of Sobriety.


Due to his habit of drinking and smoking, he experienced sharp chest pain on January 25, 1983. He was rushed to the hospital for a check-up. He was admitted to the hospital. On the morning of January 26, 1983, his soul left his body. The news broke millions of people. He was 69 years old when he passed away. Though he is gone, his phenomenal legacy makes him still alive. There are several museums and stadiums under his name. Bear Bryant’s legacy still lives on.