“Never quit. It is the easiest cop out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.”
—Paul “Bear” Bryant, College Football Hall-of-Fame Coach
It’s not hard to explain what legendary college coach Paul “Bear” Bryant is saying. Quitters never win, and winners never quit.
True champions set goals and never stop working until they’re achieved. A recent example of continuously setting goals is Kansas City Chiefs running back Thomas Jones’ training evolution. Although the Pro Bowl running back has five straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons, Jones wants to win a Super Bowl Championship. He continues to chase greatness every single day, training at 100 percent effort, and vows to reach his goal.
After going a decade without an NCAA football title, Alabama finally reached their long-term goal last season by capturing the 2009 National Championship. ’Bama’s rich football tradition dates from the mid-1920s, but the team did not become a dynasty until Paul “Bear” Bryant took over in 1958. The secret to Bryant’s success? Simple: lots of hard work and a never-say-die attitude.
Bryant was known for being a tough coach who always demanded excellence from his players. One year during his tenure at Texas A&M, 100 players signed up to play for the Aggies, but only 27 or so survived Bryant’s grueling summer training camp. He pushed his players to the edge, mentally and physically.
Although Bryant’s coaching methods may not have been the safest or most reliable ever used, he was able to push his players to reach their goals and become successful. During his 25 years as Alabama’s head coach, the Tide won six national championships and 13 SEC titles. Bryant received national recognition for his coaching efforts with three National Coach of the Year Awards and 12 SEC Coach of the Year Awards. As he says, winners never quit. Instead, they reach their goals.