Bear Bryant

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Growing up in the south, you learn were known for one thing: football. Football is way of life here that’s passed down from many generations. When the name Paul “Bear” Bryant is said I can’t help but think of “ambassador” to college football of his era. The question that came to my mind was what do I exactly know about Paul “Bear” Bryant? I knew he was the University of Alabama football coach who built a dynasty in his tenure there, but what truly did he accomplish and what made him a leader of his generation?
Paul “Bear” Bryant was born a leader. I was intrigued he earned the nickname, “Bear” at a young age by agreeing to wrestle a bear from a traveling circus (bio.com). This showed his bravery and courage to never back down from a challenge at a young age in life which is something a great leader must possess. While playing football at Alabama, Bryant made the decision he wanted not only to be a head coach, but "a great head coach,” and believed there were no shortcuts to success (Mink).
Bryant accomplished many astounding aspects as a college football coach after his football career. He won six national championships for the University of Alabama (1964, 65, 67, 73, 78, 79). In his 38 year coaching career, he only had one losing season that ended with a then college football record of 323 victories. He won 15 conference championships and was named College Football Coach of the Year three times (bio.com). Bryant was also awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan on February 23, 1983 (Gaddy).
Paul “Bear” Bryant showed mainly forms of leadership which is why he was so successful at coaching. Northouse defines leadership as “a process whereby an individual influences a group

of individuals to achieve a common goal” (Northouse). For starters, he was an exceptional motivator to his players on every football team he coached. He once stated,…...

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