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Career Record: 323-85-17 (76%)
There is no doubt who the most recognizable coach in the history of college football is. Former Alabama legend Paul "Bear" Bryant is one of the true symbols of why college football may be the greatest sport in the world.
Gracing the sidelines with his houndstooth hat for 25 illustrious years with Alabama was just one of the numerous reasons to love coach "Bear" Bryant.
He forever changed the way we look at college football with all of his accomplishments, including 14 SEC Championships and six national championships ('61, '64, '65, '73, '78, '79). He took over the Tide in 1958 and went on to reach 24 consecutive bowl games.
"Bear" changed his team as society changed. His first three national championships were won with all white players, his last three were integrated.
He treated every player with the same amount of respect, saying he only had football players and nothing more. The legend stated it best saying, "I ain't nothing, but a winner."
On the day of his death (1/16/83), the only piece of jewelry he had on or ever wore was a gold ring that read, "Junction Boys."
He won a conference title during four years at Texas A&M and he also won a SEC Championship in his eight prior seasons with Kentucky.
At every home game in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide commemorates Paul "Bear" Bryant on the jumbotron. Former Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer says that is what he remembers most about coaching in the SEC.
There are many historic legends that will forever remain in our hearts, but these were my very own top 50 greatest coaches of all time.
I would love to hear all of your own personal favorites and what memories you can still recall to this day. Just talking about all of these icons makes me wish every single day was Saturday.