One man’s thoughts on the Alabama-Florida rivalry

by Gary Shelton on December 2, 2015 · 1 comment

in College Sports in Florida, general, University of Florida

Wednesday, 6 a.m.

To a boy with a reporter's pad, he was the largest man on earth.

His skin was leather. His voice was gravel. He spoke slowly, seriously, and you dared not interrupt.

He was Bear Bryant, and he was a legend long before the boy got there.

It was 1978, and he was John Wayne. He was George Patton. He was the damnedest coach that college football had ever seen. What was this wise-guy kid supposed to ask him about winning football games? Hell, Bryant had invented winning games, that was certain. All the old-time football coaches just had their teams mill around until the final gun. But Bryant figured out a way to make sure the Crimson Tide always remained on top.

Long shadows, someone once wrote. You judged a man by the length of

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Cecil DeBald December 2, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Nice writing, Gary. As a Gator fan…I have to agree with you…

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