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During his 25-year coaching tenure (1958-1982) at the University of Alabama, Paul "Bear" Bryant won six national championships and thirteen football conference titles, but for millions of football fans, he is remembered best for his three eventful seasons(1962-1964) mentoring quarterback Joe Namath, a partnership that culminated in their final season together with a number one national rating. For outsiders, stern disciplinarian Bryant and the free-spirited Namath seemed an unlikely pair, but their respect for one another was unbounded; Bryant calling the passing star "the greatest athlete I ever coached" and Namath lauding Bryant as "not only the smartest coach I ever knew, but the man who taught me the meaning of integrity." Rising Tide not only replays the excitement of three amazing seasons, but it takes us back to the days when college football was first becoming a national game.