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    Another Crimson Tider cast in bronze

    Link: NFL Man of the Year Trophy

    My recall is that Steve Wright got lost on the Green Bay offensive line amongst Fuzzy Thurston, Forrest Gregg and Jerry Kramer - but seems not to have lost his attitude about Coach Bryant.

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    Re: Another Crimson Tider cast in bronze

    An interesting read about an even more interesting man. Great link.

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    Re: Another Crimson Tider cast in bronze

    I got to know Steve while he was at Bama, and can't imagine a greater misfit for a program run by Coach Bryant. Steve was easy going but also a gifted athlete in a program that demanded dedication and unrelenting intensity. Just a bad fit all around.

    Obviously the same fate dogged him in Green Bay and for the same reasons.

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    Re: Another Crimson Tider cast in bronze

    The only ex-player I know of who ever had anything bad to say about Coach Bryant.

    There was an ex-player from Kentucky, I wanna say Bob Gain, but I'm not sure. Anyway, he and Coach Bryant evidently didn't always see eye to eye and after college was drafted and sent to Korea during the Korean Conflict where one night he was involved in a particularly bloody battle that lasted all night long. After it was over, he penned a letter to Coach Bryant while still in his foxhole in which he told him that he loved him now for the same things he used to hate him for. I took that to mean that Coach Bryant had instilled in him something that had enabled him to withstand what he has just gone through and persevere.

    That's pretty powerful stuff to me.
    "I'm just a simple plowhand from Arkansas, but I've learned over the years how to hold a team together, how to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they've got one heartbeat, together, a team."

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    Re: Another Crimson Tider cast in bronze

    Quote Originally Posted by TommyMac View Post
    The only ex-player I know of who ever had anything bad to say about Coach Bryant.

    There was an ex-player from Kentucky, I wanna say Bob Gain, but I'm not sure. Anyway, he and Coach Bryant evidently didn't always see eye to eye and after college was drafted and sent to Korea during the Korean Conflict where one night he was involved in a particularly bloody battle that lasted all night long. After it was over, he penned a letter to Coach Bryant while still in his foxhole in which he told him that he loved him now for the same things he used to hate him for. I took that to mean that Coach Bryant had instilled in him something that had enabled him to withstand what he has just gone through and persevere.

    That's pretty powerful stuff to me.
    TMac, you're right; that was Bob Gain. Read that story somewhere some years back. Agreed on its power.
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    Re: Another Crimson Tider cast in bronze

    Quote Originally Posted by TommyMac View Post
    The only ex-player I know of who ever had anything bad to say about Coach Bryant.
    I've heard of him before. My views on him cannot be expressed without getting suspended.

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    Re: Another Crimson Tider cast in bronze

    Quote Originally Posted by TommyMac View Post
    The only ex-player I know of who ever had anything bad to say about Coach Bryant.

    There was an ex-player from Kentucky, I wanna say Bob Gain, but I'm not sure. Anyway, he and Coach Bryant evidently didn't always see eye to eye and after college was drafted and sent to Korea during the Korean Conflict where one night he was involved in a particularly bloody battle that lasted all night long. After it was over, he penned a letter to Coach Bryant while still in his foxhole in which he told him that he loved him now for the same things he used to hate him for. I took that to mean that Coach Bryant had instilled in him something that had enabled him to withstand what he has just gone through and persevere.

    That's pretty powerful stuff to me.
    If I remember right there's one or two from the Junction camp that were not impressed in a good way.
    Although I never had the chance to meet him I've had nothing but the utmost respect for Coach Bryant all my life.
    "WHAT THE HELL'S THE MATTER WITH YOU PEOPLE DOWN THERE? DON'T Y'ALL TAKE YOUR FOOTBALL SERIOUSLY?" -- Coach Bryant, upon calling Auburn at 6 AM only to find out that none of the coaches were in their offices yet!

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    Re: Another Crimson Tider cast in bronze

    Sam Gellerstadt had issues with Bear also.
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    Re: Another Crimson Tider cast in bronze

    Quote Originally Posted by chris View Post
    Sam Gellerstadt had issues with Bear also.


    Years ago I made a post praising Sam and he PMed me to thank me. We went back and forth a little and I didn't get that impression at all.
    "I'm just a simple plowhand from Arkansas, but I've learned over the years how to hold a team together, how to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they've got one heartbeat, together, a team."

    Coach Bryant

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