Chasing the legacy of Bear Bryant

While watching the 2018 College Football National Championship game between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama, I was torn between who I wanted to win. With the  winning, it would have brought new energy to the podium versus another championship win by the University of Alabama who had a total of fifteen (now sixteen) National Championships compared to Georgia’s two National Championships, so that is why I wanted Georgia to win.

My reason for wanting Alabama to win was more due to the fact of Coach Nick Saban tying Coach Bear Bryant’s record of six National Championships, which he did! What is amazing about Nick Saban is the fact that he accomplished his sixth career National Championship win within a fifteen-year time span just three years short of Bear Bryant’s accomplishment of six within eighteen years at the University of Alabama.  Unlike Bear Bryant, Nick Saban has won one National Championship at Louisiana State University and five at the University of Alabama versus Bear Bryant winning all his six titles at the University of Alabama.

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Sure, Nick Saban has tied Bear Bryant’s record of six National Championships total, but as far as at the University of Alabama alone he is just short of one, which I have no doubts that he will accomplish this at some point because the University of Alabama is a very consistent football program that attracts top talent.

Prior to me having this change in view, it made me excited to see the University of Alabama come up short against Clemson University in the 2016 College Football National Championship game, as well as their 2014 College Football Semifinal loss to Ohio State University at the Allstate Sugar Bowl. This change in view came once I realized that Nick is on the verge of making history, so why go against that. This is something that could take years or maybe decades to accomplish, so why not support it.

Next to Nick Saban, if you look at any other coaches that could accomplish this it would have to be Coach Urban Meyer, who currently sits at three National Championships and has a similar array of talent arriving at The Ohio State University and a similar winning mentality.


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Written by Thomas Gouard

Im a military veteran; a full-time college student, and a fitness addict. Fueled by inspiration; God's word; endorphins and laughter!


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