Yearbook, Nov. 28: Bear Bryant's record

November, 28, 2012
Nov. 28, 1981: His journey started in 1945 with the University of Maryland, then stretched through Kentucky and Texas A&M before ending -- geographically speaking -- in Tuscaloosa, Ala. But that same journey passed a particularly special marker on this day 31 years ago, when Paul "Bear" Bryant won his then-record-breaking 315th game with a 28-17 victory over rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

The victory in Birmingham vaulted Bryant past Amos Alonzo Stagg on the all-time wins list. And although others have passed him since -- and, retroactively, Pop Warner's win total was boosted to 319 -- it's safe to say Bryant's on-field legacy of 323 career wins and six national titles is secure.

Paul AP PhotoBryant, with Texas A&M in 1957.
Bear Bryant at the 1996 Sugar Bowl with the Alabama Crimson TideAP PhotoBryant, after winning the 1966 Sugar Bowl.
Paul Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty ImagesBryant, on that record-setting day.
Bear Bryant with the Alabama Crimson Tide at the 1982 Liberty BowlAP Photo/Tannen MauryBryant, after his final game, a 21-15 win over Illinois in the 1982 Liberty Bowl.
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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