The next part of the story I heard passed along. It sounds consistent with the character of the Bear. I'll let you be the judge.
The next year, '81 Rutgers had to travel to Alabama to play the game. What seemed like an army of state police were escorting the Rutgers team to the stadium, which prompted the Rutgers coach to inquire of one of them:
"Why all the security?"
The burly trooper replied, "This really isn't security. You have nothing to be afraid of, except on the field. The Bear ordered all the extra men to make sure you showed up."
I howled when I first heard this one.
Today, Rutgers wants to play on the level of 'Bama. They'll get there if they continue the path of the "Bear."
Take some time to read Bear's quotes about how he approached football and life, and understand why he was so endeared by the vast majority who ever laced up a set of cleats for him. Go to:
Courtesy to Drew Roberts.