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Coach: The Life of Paul Bear Bryant

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Paul "Bear" Bryant and His Rise to Fame

    Coach is the story of Paul "Bear" Bryant, and how he rose to fame. He was born in Fordyce, Arkansas, and he learned about the game of football in 8th grade. He played high school ball, and he then played college football under Coach Frank Thomas at Alabama. He played on the Alabam 1934 national championship team. He then went into coaching. Bryant started at Maryland, and was there for one year. Bryant left for Kentucky. He was their for eight years, and while there he won an SEC title. One of his most notable victories was against an undefeated Oklahoma team in the Sugar Bowl. Due to playing second fiddle to Adolph Rupp, Kentucky's basketball coach though, the Bear moved on to Texas A&M. In his first year, he took the team of 100 players to a place called "Junction" to prepare for the season. By the end of it, 29 players returned. He did win one SWC title with Texas A&M though. After four years, he left for Alabama. At Alabama he won 13 SEC titles and 6 national titles. Some regard him at the best college football coach ever mainly because of what he did at Alabama. He produced three Super Bowl winning quarterbacks: Bart Starr, Joe Nammath, and Ken Stabler. He retired in 1982 with an overall record of 323-85-17. At the time, he had more wins than any other college coach had ever had.

    I liked this book because it was not hard to read, and it was a good story. The novel mainly focuses on the Bear's football career, but we do learn a fair amount about his family and friends. I like how the novel describes how his parents were tough on him, because it describes his coaching style a bit more. The book was also easy to follow becuase it began at the birth of Bear Bryant, and it ended with the death of Bear Bryant and peoples reactions to his death. I reccomend this book to anyone who likes learning more about the history of college football, because Bear Bryant changed the game with the way he coached. The book is not too long, so it should not take much time to read.

    I am M. Pate a student at Hewitt-Trussville High School

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Story of the Bear

    Paul Bear Bryant, who has won more games than any other football coach ever, died one month and he retired from coaching. The Bear was truly defined by football. Dunnavant begins the book with Bryant's childhood and explains was football meant so much to Bryant as a kid. It was his way out. Football grew on him and he couldn't get enough after college so he became a coach. The Bear went program to program and turned them around using his sharp mind and dictatorship style coaching. But Dunnavant also includes stories from friends and family about the softer side to the Bear. Coach really tells the entire story of the Bear, the good, the bad and the ugly.
    The book was an overall great read. I really liked how Dunnavant told stories of Bryant as a child, teen, player, coach and a man. The book went in chronological order which made it easy to follow and all the stories flowed with each other. All of this makes you feel as if you were sharing stories with the Bear himself.
    The only bone I would have to pick with Dunnavant is he did not include too much about the Bear's relationship with his wife and kids. Only twice are his kids mentioned. I can understand if Bryant wasn't close to his family with how much time he dedicated to football but it is very unclear what that relationship was really like. Dunnavant tells about all the other elements of Bryant's life, I hoping I could get a better feel what that was like too.

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