With the 2022 Alabama football season marking the 40th anniversary of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s final campaign as head coach of the Crimson Tide, the Paul W. Bryant Museum will therefore pay tribute to the college football icon with an exhibition presenting a garment that is not even his iconic houndstooth hat.
To commemorate the occasion, the University of Alabama campus museum will honor Bryant’s legacy with a new exhibit featuring the jacket he wore in his last game – the Liberty Bowl, where Alabama won. beat Illinois 21-15 on Dec. 29, 1982. – as the showpiece.
“Generously loaned by Bryant’s grandson, Marc Tyson, this is the first time the jacket has been on public display,” a statement from UA said. Bryant coached for 25 years at Alabama and finished with a 232-46-9 record and six national championships. The Liberty Bowl was played on December 29, 1982. Bryant would die at the age of 69 less than a month later, on January 26, 1983.
The jacket is more of a winter coat or parka with a large hood, different from his standard sports jacket due to cold December temperatures in Memphis, which dropped to 32 degrees at kickoff in the 24th appearance aftermath of the Tide. Bryant wore his famous hat during the pre-game before swapping it for a tan baseball cap with a red “A” on the front during the game.
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The Bryant Museum will open at 9 a.m. Saturday before closing at 4 p.m., 2.5 hours before the Crimson Tide opens the 2022 season hosting Utah State. Fans can visit the museum to view the jacket and also get autographs from former Bama players Terrence Cody and Roy Upchurch, who will serve as honorary captains.
Located at 300 Paul W. Bryant Drive in Tuscaloosa, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for adults is $5, $3 for children (K-12). Admission is free for museum members, children under 5, faculty, staff, and UA students
Crimson Tide fans are in the midst of a golden age, but it never hurts to step back in time to learn more about what shaped the lore we know and love. Named after the legendary Paul W. “Bear” Bryant, the museum offers insight into how he shaped the culture, but you get even more with interactive features that transport you to another time and into another place of the Bama tradition.
In 2019, the museum underwent a nearly $600,000 renovation that includes sleek new video boards that will enhance your exploration of Crimson Tide history. When you enter the museum, you will immediately see a bust of Bryant in front of a panel of six 55-inch vertical monitors that serve as six workstations where visitors can use touch screens to browse an impressive archive of Bama football history. through various media.
Fans can explore each season by touching the years, teams, recaps of each game, all with audio and video components. They can also research and read about individual players with an A-Z directory, also including photos, audio and video from the museum’s archives. But you can also browse trophies, jerseys and more that let you appreciate everything that came before.
See more photos of Bryant wearing the jacket at the 1982 Liberty Bowl in the photos below.