Bear Bryant Quotes
The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it.
I’m no miracle man. I guarantee nothing but hard work.
When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: 1. Admit it. 2. Learn from it, and 3. Don’t repeat it.
I tell young players who want to be coaches, who think they can put up with all the headaches and heartaches, can you live without it? If you can live without it, don’t get in it.
I know what it takes to win. If I can sell them on what it takes to win, then we are not going to lose too many football games.
Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.
It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.
Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.
There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.
If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.
I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don’t need a lot of talent.
You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team.
If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit – you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.
Set goals – high goals for you and your organization. When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good.
The old lessons (work, self-discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, fighting to achieve) aren’t being taught by many people other than football coaches these days. The football coach has a captive audience and can teach these lessons because the communication lines between himself and his players are more wide open than between kids and parents. We better teach these lessons or else the country’s future population will be made up of a majority of crooks, drug addicts, or people on relief.
Sacrifice. Work. Self-discipline. I teach these things, and my boys don’t forget them when they leave.
I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives up on himself. In time he will develop.
Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin’ and preachin’ were a lot alike.
It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back.
In life, you’ll have your back up against the wall many times. You might as well get used to it.
The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I’m not talking about grades now, I’m talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be.
There is no sin in not liking to play; it’s a mistake for a boy to be there if he doesn’t want to.
In a crisis, don’t hide behind anything or anybody. They’re going to find you anyway.
Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things.
But there’s one thing about quitters you have to guard against – they are contagious. If one boy goes, the chances are he’ll take somebody with him, and you don’t want that. So when they would start acting that way, I used to pack them up and get them out, or embarrass them, or do something to turn them around.
Scout yourself. Have a buddy who coaches scout you.
People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don’t share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat.
I told them my system was based on the “ant plan,” that I’d gotten the idea watching a colony of ants in Africa during the war. A whole bunch of ants working toward a common goal.
We can’t have two standards, one set for the dedicated young men who want to do something ambitious and one set for those who don’t.
I honestly believe that if you are willing to out-condition the opponent, have confidence in your ability, be more aggressive than your opponent and have a genuine desire for team victory, you will become the national champions. If you have all the above, you will acquire confidence and poise, and you will have those intangibles that win the close ones.
I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don’t mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I’m talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn’t going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you’ve lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.
What are you doing here? Tell me why you are here. If you are not here to win a national championship, you’re in the wrong place. You boys are special. I don’t want my players to be like other students. I want special people. You can learn a lot on the football field that isn’t taught in the home, the church, or the classroom. There are going to be days when you think you’ve got no more to give and then you’re going to give plenty more. You are going to have pride and class. You are going to be very special. You are going to win the national championship for Alabama.
If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, “Roll, Tide, Roll!