- Beano Cook, College Football
The most beloved Southerners of all time are Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Paul "Bear" Bryant -- not necessarily in that order.
In fact, it's probably in reverse order.
When Alabama played Notre Dame for the first time for the 1973 national championship, Bryant said, "This is the most important day in the South since Gettysburg."
Some might look at this statement as an exaggeration, but those who know the passion that exists for college football in the SEC would probably agree.