I remember they announced it over the intercom at my elementary school shortly before we were to board the school bus home... I distinctly remember seeing all my fellow classmates crying as we walked down the hall. I cried all the way home on the school bus...
Thirty years ago, Coach Bryant
Sixteen years ago, my dear mother.
Bad date all around
I was a student at UA when Coach Bryant passed. I remember being stunned and the whole campus was in utter disbelief. Two years and two days later my father passed. Tough times for sure.
Wow! Time sure does fly by.
I had just walked into my house from work, the telephone was ringing. My mother had called from Alabama to tell me that Coach Bryant had just died. I also was shocked and stunned. I turned on the TV to see and hear all that I could about Coach Bryant. As I recall Mickey Herskowitz was a reporter for the Houston Post at that time and was interviewed regarding Coach Bryant on one of the local Houston TV new stations. Herskowitz had followed Coach Bryant's career especially after his becoming A & M coach. If I remember correctly, he was at Junction, TX for the baptism or infusion of A & M players into the Coach Bryant philosophy.
While growing up he was like a father figure who could walk on water.
I always watched the 4:00 p.m. Sunday "Bear" Bryant Show. Periodically, I would watch the Shug Jordan Show at 5:00 p.m. especially after a loss to Alabama. We all had Coke and Golden Flake potato chips, sometimes while watching the replays of Bama game. That was a Great Pair!
I would have given anything if I had had the ability, potential to play for that Man's Man. Yep! I would have run through brick walls to please the Greatest Coach in the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970"s.
Yep! Some of us are old codgers!
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" Patrick Henry
Numb and shock I remember. I was finishing basketball and about to get ready for my first attempt at varsity football. It took weeks for me to quit thinking about him every time I looked at the football field house. I still think about CB when I go back home to visit my parents. My old bedroom has newspapers, magazines from that date/time. Sometimes I want to put them in a drawer, but deep down I am glad my sons grow up getting to look through them when they visit and ask me questions about him. RTR
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"they didn't stumble in to it, they didn't back in to it, they just whipped Miami 34-13" (Keith Jackson circa 1992-3 National Championship, ABC Sports)
Such a sad day when he died
Those next few days were filled with emotion. I have read of the out pouring of emotions by southerners when Robert E. Lee died. In a certain way the losses were similar.
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I loved Coach Bryant . I had worked my crew in a cold drizzle that day and had a two hour drive home from the jobsite . I arived home wet and sick and my wife met me at the door with the news . The last I heard , he was in the hospital and doing ok . I sat on the floor and cried . I'll never forget him to my dying day . Roll Tide Coach . You will always be my hero !
I was in Nashville when I heard the news about Coach Bryant. I'd gone up there for an ice skating lesson, and was about to leave for the trip back to Birmingham. I called a friend who just happened to be a Bama fan, although she lived in Nashville. She asked me if I'd heard about the "Bear". I said, "No" what happened? She told me. I cried all the way home to Birmingham.
I had met him - sorta -at the bookstore, where I was working at the time, in the book department. He came to autograph the book he'd written "Bear". I got my autographed copy and of course still have it.
Still miss you "Bear".
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping he will eat him last"
Bama fans who grew up with Coach Bryant revered him. I was in junior college playing baseball. A teammate came over to me and said Coach Bryant died, and it was like a hammer. Don't know if he was the best football coach ever; maybe; probably; but the thing you can't explain about Coach Bryant makes him different and unique from any other coach. He was the toughest and the classiest; an uncommon union of attributes that made him stand out from all the rest.