On this day in Alabama history: Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant was buried

On this day in Alabama history: Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant was buried
Paul "Bear" Bryant (1913-1983) in his last appearance at Birmingham's Legion Field in 1982. At the time of his retirement, Bryant held the record for most wins as an NCAA Division I head coach. During the 1960s and 1970s, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, under Bryant's coaching, earned six national championships and had three undefeated seasons. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of The Birmingham News)

January 28, 1983

More than 100,000 fans lined the streets between Tuscaloosa and Birmingham for the funeral of Paul “Bear” Bryant, who died two days earlier at the age of 69. Considered the greatest college football coach of all time, Bryant ended his career only a month earlier after the University of Alabama defeated the University of Illinois 21-15 in the Liberty Bowl. He coached the Crimson Tide for 25 years, amassing a record of 232-46-9 while leading the school to 24 straight bowl games, 13 SEC championships and six national championships. Bryant was named national coach of the year three times and SEC coach of the year 10 times. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan.

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