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

On this day in Alabama history: Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant was married
(Image courtesy Paul W. Bryant Museum / The University of Alabama)

June 2, 1935

On this day in 1935, Paul William Bryant, not yet known as “Bear,” took Mary Harmon Black as his bride. They would raise two children, Paul Jr. and Mae Martin. Bryant, an Arkansas native, played for the University of Alabama football team at the time. He was known as “the other end” to Don Hutson, who became a legendary receiver at Alabama and in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers. Bryant earned his legendary status as a college football coach, amassing a then-record 323 wins ­– 232 of them at Alabama, while leading the Crimson Tide to six national championships.

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