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The Lifetime Achievement Award

Learn more about the Lifetime Achievement Award and view all the past years’ recipients.

First awarded in 2000, the Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the career accomplishments of some of college’s finest football coaches.  The only award of its kind in the college football arena, the award highlights the outstanding achievements and extraordinary contributions which have reflected honor and sportsmanship to the game of football throughout the coach’s career.

2014 Lifetime Award Recipient: R.C. Slocum

R.C. Slocum, one of the longest-serving and winningest football coaches in Texas A&M history, will be named recipient of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award will be presented at the annual event on Jan. 15, 2014 in Houston.

After his last season at Texas A&M in 2002, Slocum had compiled a career record of 123-47-2 (.721).  The 123 victories in his first 14 years ranks eighth all-time and puts him in the company  of coaching legends such as Barry Switzer (137), Tom Osborne (137), Steve Spurrier (132), Joe Paterno (131), LaVell Edwards (129), Amos Alonzo Stagg (128), and Bud Wilkerson (124) – many of whom have received recognition from the Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards.

Slocum won six championships as head coach of the Aggies;  three SWC titles, two Big 12 South Division titles, and the 1998 Big 12 Conference Championship. He was league Coach of the Year four times and was runner up for National Coach of the Year honors in 1994. His teams went to 11 bowl games with five of those being New Year’s Day bowls. On 10 occasions, the Aggies, under Slocum, finished ranked in the AP Top 25 and three times finished in the Top Ten.

First awarded in 2000, the Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the career accomplishments of some of college’s finest football coaches.  The only award of its kind in the college football arena, the award highlights the outstanding achievements and extraordinary contributions that have reflected honor and sportsmanship to the game of football throughout the coach’s career.

List of past recipients:

2000 – Darrell Royal
2001 – Charles McClendon
2002 – Bill Yeoman
2003 – Frank Broyles
2004 – Gene Stallings
2005 – Lou Holtz
2006 – Jack Pardee
2007 – Glenn “Bo” Schembechler
2008 – Tom Osborne
2009 – Barry Switzer
2010 – Vince Dooley
2011 – Bobby Bowden
2012 – Hayden Fry
2013 – LaVell Edwards
2014 – R.C. Slocum