The Best Bear Bryant quotes

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I’m not sure there’s a more polarizing figure in the history of American sports than Bear Bryant. Some people idolize him as one of the greatest coaches ever, while others view him as a ruthless tyrant. But regardless of your opinion of him, there’s no denying that he was one of the most successful coaches in college football history. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at Bryant’s life and career, and try to figure out what made him so successful.

Here are the most known Lose, Coach, Time, Winning, Team, Player, Winner quotes from Bear Bryant, and much more.


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About Bear Bryant

birth of the author

September 11, 1913

death of the author

January 26, 1983


I’d like for people to remember me as a winner, because I ain’t never been nothin but a winner. โ€” Bear Bryant

Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things. โ€” Bear Bryant

Motivating peopleโ€“the ingredient that separates winners from losers. โ€” Bear Bryant

Be aware of ‘yes’ men. Generally, they are losers. Surround yourself with winners. Never forgetโ€“people win. โ€” Bear Bryant

motivating people the ingredient that separates winners from losers Bear Bryant quote

Recognize winners. They come in all forms. โ€” Bear Bryant

Three rules for coaching: 1.) Surround yourself with people who can’t live without football. 2.) Recognize winners. They come in all forms. 3.) Have a plan for everything. โ€” Bear Bryant

In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first ahead of personal glory. โ€” Bear Bryant


One man doesn’t make a team. It takes eleven. โ€” Bear Bryant

You try to make your team do something they’re not capable of and you get murdered. โ€” Bear Bryant

one man doesn t make a team it takes eleven Bear Bryant quote

I ain’t won but one. My team won the rest in spite of me. โ€” Bear Bryant

Baton Rouge happens to be the worst place in the world for a visiting team. It’s like being inside a drum. โ€” Bear Bryant

I don’t care how much talent a team hasโ€“if the boys don’t think tough, practice tough, and live tough, how they play tough on Saturday. โ€” Bear Bryant

I want to make sure I don’t interfere with the success of that team next year. I don’t see any way I could go to practice like most of ’em do, and not hurt the team. I’d go nuts if I tried doing that. โ€” Bear Bryant

People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don’t share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat. โ€” Bear Bryant

you try to make your team do something they re not capable of and you get murdered Bear Bryant quote

You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team. โ€” Bear Bryant


Scout yourself. Have a buddy who coaches scout you. โ€” Bear Bryant

I didn’t have a thing to do with picking a coach, and didn’t want to. But I didn’t think they’d pick one I didn’t like. โ€” Bear Bryant

I don’t have any ideas; my coaches have them. I just pass the ideas on and referee the arguments. โ€” Bear Bryant

I’m happy with the coach we have. I think any one of the ones I asked them to consider would’ve been good. โ€” Bear Bryant

scout yourself have a buddy who coaches scout you Bear Bryant quote

If I miss coaching that much, I could go to some little school where they didn’t recruit, where all the kids wanted to go. I believe I could find somewhere to coach. โ€” Bear Bryant

If there is one thing that has helped me as a coach, it’s my ability to recognize winners, or good people who can become winners by paying the price. โ€” Bear Bryant

When I was a young coach I used to say, ‘Treat everybody alike.’ That’s bull. Treat everybody fairly. โ€” Bear Bryant

Recruiting is the one thing I hate. I won’t do it unless my coaches tell me I’ve just got to. The whole process is kind of undignified for me and the young man. โ€” Bear Bryant

Nearly every coach I’ve talked with tells me that the attention you get from media and other people is the thing you miss most. I don’t know if that’s right. โ€” Bear Bryant

Most coaches study the films when they lose. I study them when we winโ€“to see if I can figure out what I did right โ€” Bear Bryant


If they don’t have a winning attitude, I don’t want them. โ€” Bear Bryant

I’ve made so many mistakes that if I don’t make the same mistakes over, we’re going to come pretty close to winning. โ€” Bear Bryant

Winning isn’t imperative, but getting tougher in the fourth quarter is. โ€” Bear Bryant

In my lifetime, I may have put too much emphasis on winning, because here I am an old man and the only fun I’ve had is winning, and that’s ridiculous. โ€” Bear Bryant

if they don t have a winning attitude i don t want them Bear Bryant quote

Winning isn’t everything, but it sure beats anything that comes in second. โ€” Bear Bryant

All I know is, I don’t want to stop coaching, and I don’t want to stop winning, so we’re gonna break the record unless I die. โ€” Bear Bryant

Don’t worry about making friends; don’t worry about making enemies. Worry about winning, because if you win, your enemies can’t hurt you, and if you lose, your friends can’t stand you. โ€” Bear Bryant

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Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. โ€” Bear Bryant

The fun never goes out, but it changes with the years, with winning and losing. โ€” Bear Bryant

winning isn t imperative but getting tougher in the fourth quarter is Bear Bryant quote


The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it. โ€” Bear Bryant

A few minutes ago, I had a hard time getting through the lobby because of all the people. After today, that won’t be happening. โ€” Bear Bryant

If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it. โ€” Bear Bryant

A good, quick, small team can beat a big, slow team any time. โ€” Bear Bryant

Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half. โ€” Bear Bryant

if you whoop and holler all the time the players just get used to it Bear Bryant quote

I think I’m telling the truth. I sat by Ray Perkins at the Hall of Fame dinner in New York, and at that time he didn’t know he was our coach and I didn’t either. โ€” Bear Bryant

I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives up on himself. In time he will develop. โ€” Bear Bryant

Every time a player goes out there, at least 20 people have some amount of influence on him. His mother has more influence than anyone. I know because I played, and I loved my mama. โ€” Bear Bryant

In life, you’ll have your back up against the wall many times. You might as well get used to it. โ€” Bear Bryant


At Alabama, our players don’t win Heisman Trophies. Our teams win National Championships. โ€” Bear Bryant

at alabama our players don t win heisman trophies our teams win national championships Bear Bryant quote

I tell young players who want to be coaches, who think they can put up with all the headaches and heartaches, can you live without it? If you can live without it, don’t get in it. โ€” Bear Bryant

If a man is a quitter, I’d rather find out in practice than in a game. I ask for all a player has so I’ll know later what I can expect. โ€” Bear Bryant

Everybody’s got pretty good players now, more players than there’ve ever been. If you play poorly, you’re going to get beat. โ€” Bear Bryant

I’ve had many a player tell me all through high school and right up until signing day that they were coming to Alabama, then they signed with somebody else. โ€” Bear Bryant

I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game. โ€” Bear Bryant

don t ever give up on ability don t give up on a player who has it Bear Bryant quote

Don’t ever give up on ability. Don’t give up on a player who has it. โ€” Bear Bryant

No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it’s what his players know that counts. โ€” Bear Bryant

It’s been years since I’ve had a real input in the game anyway. For this game, I’ve just tried to keep all the other stuff away from the players and coaches. โ€” Bear Bryant

I always want my players to show class, knock’em down, pat on the back, and run back to the huddle. โ€” Bear Bryant


When you win, there’s glory enough for everybody. When you lose, there’s glory for none. โ€” Bear Bryant

when you win there s glory enough for everybody when you lose there s glory for none Bear Bryant quote

It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back. โ€” Bear Bryant

I’m not much of a golfer, I don’t have any friends and all I like to do is go home and be alone, and not worry about ways not to lose. โ€” Bear Bryant

They say I teach brutal football, but the only thing brutal about football is losing. โ€” Bear Bryant

BEAR BRYANT Quotes Take Away

Bear Bryant was one of the most successful head coaches in college football history. His teams won six national championships and he is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. What made him so successful? One reason is that he understood the power of inspiration. In times of difficulty, his players could count on him to provide words of encouragement that would get them through the tough moments. As you go about your day-to-day work, remember these quotes from Coach Bryant, and allow them to inspire you as well. We have no doubt that if you do, youโ€™ll be able to achieve great things both on and off the field.

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