The legacy answer

            The word legacy is defined as a gift, and much of Coach Bryant’s life was spent teaching, or in a broader sense, giving to others. Thus the answer to the question about Bryant’s greatest legacy is simple: His greatest legacy is in the number of lives he has touched as coach, mentor, folk hero, sports idol and television evangelist of sorts and the lives he continues to touch through others, through his scholarship program and through the standards of performance he set.

            Bryant once said that he simply wanted to be remembered as a winner, and he certainly was a winner. But he went far beyond simply being a winner himself by motivating and helping others to be winners and he is still doing so today.

That is his legacy, and that is why he remains the symbol of excellence to which so many aspire in football and in life.

Coach Bryant had a presence about him that very few people have. Whether it was a bank boardroom, the locker room or a cocktail party, when he opened the door, it had a special squeak.
----- John David Crow, former player and assistant