Bryant, Paul William
1913 - Born on September 11th in Moro Bottom, Arkansas. American college football coach who set a record for more games won than any other collegiate coach.
1927 - He successfully wrestled a bear for a theater promotion, after which he was given the nickname "Bear".
1930 - Paul 'Bear' Bryant leads his high school team, the Fordyce Red Bugs to a perfect season and a state championship.
1932 - He went on to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa where he played blocking end.
1934 - Paul Bryant becomes known in football folklore as the 'other end' to Don Hutson as Alabama goes 10-0 and beats Stanford 29-13 in the Rose Bowl. The Crimson Tide claims the national title by a number of polls in the pre-AP era.
1935 - Married to Mary Harmon Black in Ozark, Alabama on June 2nd.
- Played against Tennessee in Knoxville with a broken bone in his left leg and he leads the Tide to a 25-0 victory over the Volunteers.
1936 - He graduated from the University of Alabama.
- He was hired at Union College in Tennessee to install the Notre Dame Box offense.
1940 - Bryant goes to Vanderbilt as an assistant coach to Red Sanders after being recommended by sports writer and close personal friend Fred Russell.
1942-1944 - Bryant serves as an officer in North Africa until he is honorably discharged and sent to North Carolina to train new enlistees.
- He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
1946 - He became the head coach at Arkansas.
1968 - Paul Bryant makes news away from the football field when he receives 1 1/2 votes for the Democratic Presidential nomination at the convention held in Chicago.
1982 - Paul Bryant officially announced his retirement from the University of Alabama.
1983 - Died on January 26th in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
- Posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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