No coach to this day has had as much influence and none ever will. The National Championships and the SEC titles alone would make him No. 1 on any coaching list, but it’s more then that.
Bryant’s influence kept the NFL out of the state of Alabama because according to legend, he didn’t want a franchise to compete with his Crimson Tide. Bryant integrated his football team by making one phone call to USC.
When SC used its black players to beat up on Bryant’s team, that changed the mind of every Alabama and SEC football fan about the integration of college football in the South.
Bryant’s influence can be felt also in Alabama’s other athletic programs as well. He hired C.M. Newton to be the head men’s basketball coach and Sarah Patterson as gymnastics coach.
Newton put Alabama basketball on the map in the 1970’s and Patterson was one of the first female assistant athletic directors in the country. She is also the ONLY coach that has won a National Championship in a sport other then football.
To this day, no one has accomplished as much as Bryant did not only on a conference level, but national level.