97+ Best Bear Bryant Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Paul William “Bear” Bryant was an American college football player and coach. During his 25-year tenure as Alabama’s head coach, he amassed six national championships and thirteen conference championships. Profoundly inspirational Bear Bryant quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Bear Bryant Quotes

Never be too proud to get down on your knees and pray. Bear Bryant

In life, you’ll have your back up against the wall many times. You might as well get used to it. Paul Bear Bryant

Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared for the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things. Bear Bryant

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. Paul Bear Bryant

It really doesn’t cost anything to be nice, and the rewards can be unimaginable Bear Bryant

There is a big difference between wanting to and willing to. Paul Bear Bryant.

Have a plan. Follow the plan, and you’ll be surprised how successful you can be. Most people don’t have a plan. That’s why it’s easy to beat most folks. Bear Bryant

Winning isn’t everything, but it beats anything that comes in second. Paul Bear Bryant.

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. Bear Bryant

Get the winners into the game. Paul Bear Bryant.

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. Bear Bryant

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. Paul Bear Bryant

Expect the unexpected. Bear Bryant

A good, quick, small team can beat a big, slow team any time. Paul Bear Bryant.

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. Bear Bryant

You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him to a heavy load. Paul Bear Bryant

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Sure, I’d love to beat Notre Dame, don’t get me wrong. But nothing matters more than beating that cow college on the other side of the state! Bear Bryant

My attitude has always been if it’s worth playing, it’s worth paying the price to win. Paul Bear Bryant

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.  Bear Bryant

When people ask me what I want to be remembered for, I have one answer. I want the people to remember me as a winner, ’cause I ain’t never been nothing but a winner. Paul Bear Bryant

Show class, have pride and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. Bear Bryant

There’s no use fussing on a boy who doesn’t have any ability. Paul Bear Bryant

Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder. Bear Bryant, Bear Bryant quotes on losing

Don’t tolerate lazy people. They are losers. Paul Bear Bryant.

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. Bear Bryant

I’d like for people to remember me as a winner because I ain’t never been nothin but a winner. Paul Bear Bryant

You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him to a heavy load. Bear Bryant

I hope to get out before they start football next year. Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant

The Lord expects you to do some things for yourself. Bear Bryant

If it is worth playing, it is worth paying the price to win.  Bear Bryant

Set 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. Bear Bryant

There ought to be a special place in heaven for coaches’ wives. Paul Bear Bryant

Motivating people is the ingredient that separates winners from losers. Bear Bryant

I’ve had many a player tell me all through high school and right up until signing day that they were coming to Alabama, then they signed with somebody else Paul Bear Bryant

In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first ahead of personal glory. Bear Bryant

Baton Rouge happens to be the worst place in the world for a visiting team. It’s like being inside a drum. Paul Bear Bryant

There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success. Bear Bryant

I plan on staying at Alabama for the rest of my career. I guarantee that I’ll be here for you through it all, regardless of what happens. Paul Bear Bryant.

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. Bear Bryant

If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password,

Roll, Tide, Roll. Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant

I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game. Bear Bryant

I don’t have to apologize for who I play. I’m trying to win the game. Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant

Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships. Bear Bryant

If we’d beaten ’em, I wouldn’t be going out. Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant

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. Bear Bryant Quotes

If you are going to be a successful duck hunter, you must go where the ducks are. Paul Bear Bryant.

In a crisis, don’t hide behind anything or anybody. They’re going to find you anyway. Bear Bryant

There is no substitute for hard work. None. Paul Bear Bryant

Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half. Bear Bryant

Football changes and so do people. The successful coach is the one who sets the trend, not the one who follows it. Paul Bear Bryant

If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, Roll, Tide, Roll! Don’t talk too much or too soon. Bear Bryant 

Expect the unexpected. Bear Bryant

You win games with your strengths, not your weaknesses. Bear Bryant

Don’t talk too much or too soon. Bear Bryant

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. Bear Bryant

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It’s not the will to win that matters-everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. Bear Bryant

I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives upon himself. In time he will develop. Bear Bryant

Don’t tolerate lazy people. They are losers. Bear Bryant

A champion pays an extra price to be better than anyone else. Bear Bryant

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. Bear Bryant

The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards. Bear Bryant

Have a plan. Follow the plan, and you’ll be surprised how successful you can be. Most people don’t have a plan. That’s why it’s easy to beat most folks. Bear Bryant

If they don’t have a winning attitude, I don’t want them. Bear Bryant

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. Bear Bryant

Don’t tolerate lazy people. They are losers. Bear Bryant

There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success. Bear Bryant

No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it’s what his players know that counts. Bear Bryant

I’m no miracle man. I guarantee nothing but hard work. Bear Bryant

Find your own picture, your own self in anything that goes bad. It’s awfully easy to mouth off at your staff or chew out players, but if it’s bad, and your the head coach, you’re responsible. If we have an intercepted pass, I throw it. I’m the head coach. If we get a punt blocked, I caused it. A bad practice, a bad game, it’s up to the head coach to assume his responsibility. Bear Bryant

Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things. Bear Bryant

You take those little rascals, talk to them good, pat them on the back, let them think they are good, and they will go out and beat the biguns. Bear Bryant

Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships. Bear Bryant

Baton Rouge happens to be the worst place in the world for a visiting team. It’s like being inside a drum. Bear Bryant

The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards. Bear Bryant

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 champion. If you have all the above, you will acquire confidence and poise, and you will have those intangibles that win the close ones. Bear Bryant

In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first ahead of personal glory. Bear Bryant

In life, you’ll have your back up against the wall many times. You might as well get used to it. Bear Bryant

Don’t worry about making friends; don’t worry about making enemies. Worry about winning, because if you win, your enemies can’t hurt you, and if you lose, your friends can’t stand you. Bear Bryant

Most coaches study the films when they lose. I study them when we win -to see if I can figure out what I did right. Bear Bryant

In a crisis, don’t hide behind anything or anybody. They’re going to find you anyway. Bear Bryant

Be aware of yes men. Generally, they are losers. Surround yourself with winners. Never forget  people win. Bear Bryant

I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game. Bear Bryant

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. Bear Bryant

I ain’t never been nothin but a winner. Bear Bryant

If it is worth playing, it is worth paying the price to win. Bear Bryant

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. Bear Bryant

Winning isn’t imperative, but getting tougher in the fourth quarter is. Bear Bryant

I have had players who are good, and who know they are good; I have had players who are bad and know they are bad; I have had players who are good, but who don’t know they are good; I have had players who are bad, but who don’t know they are bad. It is this last group that has won more games for me than the first three groups combined. Bear Bryant

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. Bear Bryant

The fun never goes out, but it changes with the years, with winning and losing. Bear Bryant

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. Bear Bryant

You’re still going to win with preparation and dedication and plain old desire. If you don’t have a genuine desire, you won’t be dedicated enough to prepare properly. Bear Bryant

You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him to a heavy load. Bear Bryant

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