The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on December 15, 1960 · Page 19
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 19

Freeport, Texas
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Thursday, December 15, 1960
Page 19
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^^ JPage 20 *HE BRAZOSPORT FACTS Bra*osport and Brastoria County, Texas, Thflrfl., fieo. IS, 1960 "Bear" Bryant's Book Tells How To Play Football Game By Harold V. Bailiff ! AP Sports Writer Paul (Bear) Bryant, who should be called Tha Football Doctor, has written a book, "Building a Champion, Fooball Team." Any- oVe who has known the big, colorful man from Alabama would recognize Bryant whether the book had a by-line or not. .It is highly technical, explaining defense, offense and the other facets of the game with diagrams and intricate detail. But throughout is the personality and philosophy of Bryant, who has an eye toward the color, glamor, humor and drama of this wonderful sport. .the football Doctor gets his Nomenclature because he takes iundowri and hopeless football teams and rebuilds them into champions. He brought Maryland and Kentucky back to prominence. He came to Texas A&M and did likewise. Now he's at Alabama "because when I heard my mother calling I'd run as fast as my legs would carry me." Alabama is where Bryant made his start in football. He rebuilt the Crimson Tide just as he did all the other despairing colleges. Bryant already has had the Tide in two bowl games in three years. But it would appear from his book that he had his greatest moments at Texas A&M. The book has many incidents from his Aggie days. He thinks his 1955 team at Ag- gieland displayed the greatest courage and rose to the occasion better than any with which he was associated. He takes the Rice game as an examnle. The Aggies were behind 12-0 and n was getting late when Bryant sent his regulars back in with the admoni tion that they still had time to win "if it meant enough to them to do so". The boys decided it did and vowed, in the huddle, that they would do whatever was necessary. With 2:56 left on the clock the Aggies scored three times and won 20-12. It always will be a classic of football in the Southwest Conference. "After the game in our dress- ing room when everybody was congratulating each oilier, and everything was in a state of confusion, Loyd Taylor suggested we thank the Master for giving KS the courage to make the great comeback," writes Bryant. "From that game on we have always said a prayer of gratitude after the game, win, lose or draw." His greatest thrill? Well, it was the day his Aggies beat Texas at Austin—when A&M won for the first time in Memorial Stadium. But, says Bryant, his greatest thrill wasn't in that final score— 34-21 — but "the thrill was watching those boys work, grow,; deve- lop and rise from a season in 1954 when they won only one game to undefeated Season in 1956." Those were the "Junction boys" JT- that hardy little corps that went through probably the toughest pro-season training regimen in football history. Bryant had taken the squad to Junction, in West Texas, to see just who wanted to play. Some good boys fell out but there were those two stayed-Taylor, Don Watson, Jack Pardee, Gene Stallings, Bobby Keith, Dennis Goehrlng, Dee Powell and Bobby Lockett." As for the boys who dropped out because the going was too tough, who can re- member their names?" Bryant asks, "It requires little effort to be a loser — and anyone who tries can be most successful," muses Bryant. "Winning is not everything but it sure beats anything that comes in second." The Bear did a lot for the Southwest Conference — he made everybody work and build up their teams because they had to to compete with the Aggies of Bryant. He was good -copy for the press, too. Who can forget that statement he made :Whert asked why his team of 1955 was so good? By GEORGE FERGUSON FACTS SPORTS EDITOR Wildcats are working but this week on the Hopper JT'eld practice Gridiron. We stopped by Tuesday afternoon to watch the football crew go through practice preparing for the state championship game with Dunbar High School's Dragons, set lor 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The wind was blowing at a brisk pnee but the Wildcats didn't seem to mind the cold temperatures and wet ground. The players seemed interested in only one thing. . .if they were learning how to defense against West. Lanier Coach C. B. McQowan, whose football team won the 36th ;ame last Friday night Since he las been coach, was pointing out to the team what they could ex- wet from the Dragons. Robert Shephard, hard Lanlcr back, was not on the practice field for the second time this week. It was reported that he was home sick. . Quarterback Robert Roys ton was on the field Wit he was not going through practice drills with the remainder ol the Wildcats as he is still feeling the effects ol the knee Injury that he received on the first play of the Chester game Friday night. 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