In college, he was known as the Legends Bryant 24 signature shirt “other end” to legendary don Hudson. He shined to players who weren’t as talented but had the heart and determination and he knew how to get the most out of them. He also truly loved them and they loved him. They would swim the ocean for him. The ones that are still alive still would. He won at Maryland, Kentucky and Texas A&M. Perennial losers before him. The three years before he arrived at Alabama they were 4–24–2. Alabama has won 4 games in 3 years! Bryant never had a losing season there. Even his first one.
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