" Bear Bryant can charm people," McKay said one day in his office after practice. "He doesn't have to coach as much anymore. That's great for him. I could never do it. To make enough to live the way Corky deserves to live after all these years putting up with me, I had to be on the road all the time—recruiting, making clinics, speaking at banquets. We wound up every year with two weeks in July to call our own."
McKay said Bryant popped in to see him recently and joined him at practice. "Bear said the Bucs looked like a college team practicing. I took it as a compliment." His secretary interrupted to tell him that Hank Stram of the Saints was on the line. McKay picked up the phone, but it was Strain's secretary, waiting to make the connection before putting her boss on. When Stram finally came on the line, McKay leaned back in his chair and said with exaggerated pique: "What is this, one of those I-won't-get-on-till-you-do calls? Listen, Henry, I'm a pro coach now. You don't keep pro coaches waiting. We are very busy people."