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Bear's Time

Why it started? Like so many dynasties, Alabama's run was defined by the man in charge. Bryant was revered for his brand of hard-nosed football, but he won by recruiting and developing well, too. The 1960s produced legends such as Namath, Billy Neighbors, Ray Perkins and Kenny Stabler.

Why it ended? The Bryant dominance spanned two decades as Alabama won a second set of three titles in the 1970s, capping the 1979 season with a 12-0 record. Bryant would coach three more seasons before retiring in 1982 after an 8-4 season. He would die four weeks after announcing his retirement.

Did you know? Upon his retirement, Bryant was Division I's all-time winningest coach with 323 wins, 232 of them at Alabama. -- Alex Scarborough