Yogi Berra isn’t the only sports legend who will be remembered by more people for his eponymously named cartoon character than for his feats with the Yankees. In this situation, though, Bear Bryant really didn’t do anything to get involved with this.
The legendary Alabama coach is hallowed in college football and throughout the South for what he did with the Crimson Tide during his 25-year reign, but his influence appears to have waned since his 1983 death — and in certain regions of the country. When asked about Bryant at SEC Media Days this week, Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley, who is from Staten Island, N.Y., admitted he didn’t know who Bryant was — and then some.
Not a joke: Dominique Easley was asked a question about Bear Bryant & didn't recognize the name. He asked if it was some kind of cartoon.—
Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) July 16, 2013
No, Dominique, Bear is not some kind of cartoon, but Alabama may get a chance to reacquaint him if both schools win out in their respective SEC divisions this year. Perhaps Easley — a senior — will be given a brush-up history lesson then, Roll Tide-style.
Photo via Facebook/Paul “Bear” Bryant