Against The Tide

On November 15th, 2013, Showtime aired the Ross Greenburg Productions documentary “Against The Tide”, about how Paul “Bear” Bryant changed the culture of college football in the state of Alabama.

To kickoff the 1970 college football season, Paul “Bear” Bryant, legendary head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide for a quarter of a century, scheduled a home game against the integrated University of Southern California Trojans. The all white Crimson Tide was no match for the faster, stronger Trojans.

The Bear was able to change the culture of a southern state through a long process and a single football game. Governor George Wallaceʼs declaration, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever!” was shut down on the University of Alabama football field forever.