Marc McHenry, one of our firm’s investigators, gave me some information about Paul William Bryant, Sr., of which I was unaware. While this name means nothing to our readers, the name Bear Bryant certainly will to any sports fan. I had the good fortune of knowing Coach Bryant back in the 1970s, while I was in public office. Without any doubt, he was a great coach and a most interesting man. A close friend of Coach Bryant’s told Marc that the Coach read the same written message, which is set out below, at the start of each day. Here is what it said:
This is the beginning of a new day, God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is very important. Because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever. Leaving something in its place I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, not loss – good not evil. Success, not failure in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it.
Anybody who has kept up with college football, especially during the period from 1958 through 1981, knows that Coach Bryant was more than highly successful. In my opinion, he is the very best college football coach of all time and that assessment comes from an Auburn man. It’s not surprising to learn that the legendry figure also recognized the need to make the most of each day that God gave him. That is a good recommendation for each of us.
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