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Bryant built winners in the spring

Updated: May 1, 2001, 4:27 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

Ben Zaranka was 17 when he first met Bear Bryant. It was 1947. Bryant, then the head coach at Kentucky, was in Zaranka's East Chicago home, recruiting the All-State offensive lineman. In his recruiting pitch, Bryant hid nothing about his demanding coaching style.

"He was very honest and up front," Zaranka said. "He said, 'Come play for me and you're going to suffer. It won't be easy. But I'll make a player out of you.' "

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