Bear Bryant’s words remain powerful all these years later.
This week, Reddit surfaced a clip that was uploaded within YouTube in August 2010. In it, video of the former Alabama coach giving a talk to incoming freshmen can be seen. Not surprisingly, his teachings still are poignant to this day.
In his talk, Bryant speaks about doing the “little things” that can help a team reach its potential. He breaks down how someone who gives extra effort and plays above his ability level can beat someone who is more talented. He stresses “playing a little over your head” and how doing so regularly can make a team successful against a more talented group that is inconsistent.
You can see why Bryant became a legendary figure at Alabama during his time leading the Crimson Tide from 1958-82. He won six national championships at Alabama, and it’s a treat to relive one of his teachings. Appropriately, Bryant ends his speech in the clip by saying he “expects nothing less” than full effort in an attempt to compete for national titles.
Check out his full message below. Alabama fans are sure to enjoy.