Celebrating 100 Years
September 11, 2013 marks the centennial of the birth of legendary football coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant. Bryant was born in rural Arkansas in 1913 and helped work the family farm. He played on an Arkansas high school championship team and earned a scholarship to join the Crimson Tide. After positions at Maryland, Kentucky and Texas A&M he became the head coach at Alabama were he stayed for 25 seasons. Bryant retired in 1982 with a career record of 323-85-17.
A new book, Inside the Vault: The Paul W. Bryant Collection, highlights the museum’s celebration of its namesake. Photos were taken from the museum’s collection and were used to illustrate the life of Bryant. Many of the artifacts featured in the book have never been seen before by the public.
Mama Called is a new documentary produced by the museum in association with the UA Center for Public Television and Radio to be part of the centennial. Gene Stallings, Bobby Bowden, Nick Saban, Bill Battle, Ken Stabler, Bob Baumhower and many more were interviewed to give a glimpse into the coach and the man.
Several other activities and publications are planned for the centennial celebration. Plan to visit the Bryant Museum to see the new exhibits and check bryantmuseum.com often for updates.