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I had a health checkup. The doctor said everybody ought to take a day off and do nothing. That'd drive me crazy.
 

I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don't mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I'm talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn't going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you've lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.
[Adversity]
 

I have tried to teach them to show class, to have pride, and to display character. I think football, winning games, takes care of itself if you do that.
[Character]
 

I honestly believe that if you are willing to out-condition the opponent, have confidence in your ability, be more aggressive than your opponent and have a genuine desire for team victory, you will become the national champions. If you have all the above, you will acquire confidence and poise, and you will have those intangibles that win the close ones.
[Winning]
 

I hope to get out before they start football next year.
 

I knew it was time to leave when they had a banquet and they gave Aldolph a Cadillac and gave me a cigarette lighter.
 

I know one thing, I'd rather die now than to have died this morning and missed this game.
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I know what it takes to win. If I can sell them on what it takes to win, then we are not going to lose too many football games.
 

I left Texas A&M because my school called me. Mama called, and when Mama calls, then you just have to come running.
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I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.
 

I plan on staying at Alabama for the rest of my career. I guarantee that I'll be here for you through it all, regardless of what happens.
 

I tell young players who want to be coaches, who think they can put up with all the headaches and heartaches, can you live without it? If you can't live without it, don't get in it.
 

I think I'm telling the truth. I sat by Ray Perkins at the Hall of Fame dinner in New York, and at that time he didn't know he was our coach and I didn't either.
 

I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don't need a lot of talent.
[Winning]
 

I told them my system was based on the "ant plan," that I'd gotten the idea watching a colony of ants in Africa during the war. A whole bunch of ants working toward a common goal.
[Teamwork]
 

I want to make sure I don't interfere with the success of that team next year. I don't see any way I could go to practice like most of 'em do, and not hurt the team. I'd go nuts if I tried doing that.
 

I'd have to rekindle the fire and work a lot harder and get a lot tougher. At my age, I think it's kinda stupid to try to coach.
 

I'll beat you with my team today, and I'll beat you with your team tomorrow.
 

I'll never forget going to the Rose Bowl. I remember everything about it. We were on the train and Coach Thomas was talking to three coaches and Red Heard, the athletic director at LSU. Coach Thomas said, 'Red, this is my best football player. This is the best player on my team.' Well, shoot, I could have gone right out the top. He was getting me ready. And I was, too. I would have gone out there and killed myself for Alabama that day.
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I'll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives up on himself. In time he will develop.
 


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