Tears Fall on Alabama

Paul William ("Bear") Bryant: 1913-1983

When he retired only five weeks ago as the winningest college coach of all, the gentle testimonials from North and South had the unintended timbre of eulogies. Alabama Football Coach Paul ("Bear") Bryant was a man whose life's work and life could scarcely be thought of separately. He died last week at 69 from a heart attack, but really a mix of illnesses that he had been fighting for three years (heroically, said his doctor), all the while he was pursuing Pop Warner and Amos Alonzo Stagg right up to his 323rd victory in the Liberty Bowl...

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