2021 Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Named


The 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient is... HOWARD SCHNELLENBERGER

The American Heart Association’s Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards, sponsored by Marathon Oil Corporation, announced last week that coaching legend Howard Schnellenberger will receive the 2021 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Memorial Hermann Health System, on January 13, 2021, in Houston, Texas. Annually, the American Heart Association and the Bryant Family are proud to present these awards to raise critical funds in honor of Bear Bryant’s legacy.


Schnellenberger’s coaching tenure spanned an impressive 54 years, comprising of The University of Miami’s first ever National Championship in 1983, a 6-0 collegiate bowl game record, seven NFL Playoffs, including an undefeated season serving as the offensive coordinator for the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins, guiding The University of Louisville to a top-10 nationally ranked football program, and serving as the founding father of Florida Atlantic University’s football program.

On December 4, 2011, Coach Schnellenberger coached his final game in the newly opened Florida Atlantic University Football Stadium, better known as “The House that Howard Built,” which was later named in his honor in 2014. He rounded out his historic coaching career with a collegiate record of 158-151-3.

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