Known for his classy hat and jacket, Alabama’s Bear Bryant led his teams to six national championships. He fully solidified ‘Bama as one of the premier programs in college football- a title they have yet to waiver. Bear was also one of the few coaches to have coached at a stadium named after himself.
When Bear Bryant retired in 1982, he held the record for most national championships by one coach, something Nick Saban would only tie many years later while coaching at Alabama.
Terry Bradshaw Flexing for the Camera
Terry Bradshaw was a man on a mission; here he is pictured preparing for Super Bowl XIII in Miami versus the Dallas Cowboys. Having won against the Cowboys in Super Bowl X in 1975 and 1976, Bradshaw entered this game as a two-time Super Bowl Champion.
During the game, Bradshaw passed four touchdowns - the first four-touchdown performance in Super Bowl history - as the Steelers built a 35-17 lead in the fourth quarter. The Steelers clasped on for a 35-34 victory, then defeat the Rams in Super Bowl XIV to win back-to-back for the second time and become the first four-time champion in the league history.
Deion Sanders was a champion on many levels. Whether it was the football field, the baseball diamond, or the fashion world, he proved himself to be an outstanding player. Drafted in 1989 as fifth overall in the Florida State, he joined the league as one of the most athletic players, an unprecedented athlete who could be engaged in all three parts of the game.
Sanders is considered one of the greatest dual-sport athletes, as he played in both the MLB and NFL for multiple teams. Nowadays, with youth athletes concentrating on a single sport from a young age, the chances of seeing another athlete of Deion's ability are slim to none.
The First Super Bowl
The first-ever Super Bowl in NFL history was a game between the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs and the NFL's Green Bay Packers. The Packers ended up winning the intensely anticipated game 35-10, thanks to their powerful offensive play and strong defense. This Super Bowl became known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
Jim Taylor, the running back picture here, is seen leading the famous "power sweep," the Packers' most unstoppable and straightforward, running play in Vince Lombardi's playbook. Taylor had gained 56 yards, and one score as the Packers defeated their inferior opponents from the upstart AFL. The Packers achieved 11 NFL Championships, two AFL-NFL Super Bowls, and two modern-day Super Bowls.
Red Auerbach's 1963 Victorious Cigar
It was legendary the Celtics coach Red Auerbach who made the victory cigar popular during his time as head coach. And with an incredible nine championships in a 10-season span between 1957-66, the image of Auerbach with a cigar was everywhere.
Today, smoking a cigar is a staple of locker room celebrations, with Jordan, Kobe, and other champions rejoicing with their team behind closed doors.