- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
"They're easier to teach on the athletic field, because on the athletic field everybody starts even. It doesn't make any difference who you are or whether your hair is curly or straight. You have to produce, and those who do move up. For that reason and some others I'll give you, football and athletics are becoming more important to education every year.
"Take discipline. I don't know how to teach my own boy to respect discipline and the importance of self-discipline—do you? But I know he'd better have it. He'd better know how to make a sacrifice. I'm afraid I can't impress that on him enough—can you? But I know that if he has to learn later, he's in trouble.
"On the football field you can teach a boy how to work, the importance of work. I haven't taught my own—have you?
"You know there's no substitute for teamwork in business. I know the value of it in football as well. In business or football we do nothing that doesn't involve teamwork. When I hear people talk of self-made men, it makes me ill. All of us had to be taught lessons, had to have some inspiration. There are no self-made men.
"Can you teach your boy how to fight?" Bryant challenged. "Oh, all of us have a certain amount of physical courage, but I mean to come back, to get off the floor, to fight the second and third and fourth time. In athletics you learn the value of effort.... You learn to keep coming back."