1997 Bear Bryant – Legendary Football Coaches
- Honors one of the greatest US football coaches of all time
- Also issued in single design pane of 20 with red line
Legendary Football Coaches
32¢, First Class Mail Rate
First Day of Issue:
August 7, 1997
First Day City:
Printed for Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. by Sterling Sommer, Tonawanda, New York
Panes of 20 (Horizontal, 4 across, 5 down)
Large tagging block over all 20 stamps, covering the stamps to the edges.
Why the stamp was issued:
To commemorate one of the greatest US football coaches in history: Paul “Bear” Bryant.
About the stamp design:
The stamp pictures a design by artist Daniel Moore. It pictures coach Bryant in his trademark houndstooth hat and sport jacket. The artwork was based on a limited-edition print, The Coach & 315
. It pictures Bryant’s record-breaking 315th
college football victory in 1981. In the original print, players wearing jersey numbers 3 and 15 are pictured on the sidelines. In the stamp, the helmet numbers of the players standing next to the coach are 3 and 23, representing his total of 323 wins.
First Day City:
The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
About the Legendary Football Coaches set:
A four-stamp set picturing some of US sports history’s greatest football coaches: Paul “Bear” Bryant, Glenn “Pop” Warner, Vince Lombardi, and George Halas. All designs picture art by Daniel Moore. The stamps picture each coach in a different setting based on reference photographs and other sources. The pane of 20 includes a header with the words “Football Coaches” appearing in a type suggesting letters on a chalkboard written by a coach drawing out plays in the locker room.
History the stamp represents:
Paul Bryant has been described as one of the top coaches in the history of American college football. Coaching at several notable universities, he achieved his greatest success a the University of Alabama where his impressive record of 323 regular season wings, 85 losses, and 17 ties broke the record at that time for the most victories.
Bryant began his football career at the University of Alabama where he played blocking end from 1932 to 1936. He then went to serve as the assistant coach at Alabama (1936-40) and Vanderbilt University (1940-41). After serving in the Navy during World War II, Bryant returned to coaching in 1945 as head coach for the University of Maryland.
A year later, he moved to the University of Kentucky where he coached for eight years. In 1954, Bryant moved to Texas A&M University, where he remained until he became head coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide in 1958.
Nicknamed “Bear” because of his large size and gruff manner, Bryant was a demanding coach and strict disciplinarian. But his sense of fair play and his active interest in the players’ lives outside of football inspired his teams to do their best.