Frank Thomas, Wallace Wade, Bear Bryant, Gene Stallings.
The Four Horsemen of the Alabama Apocalypse. True, Gene Stallings’s success came after Bryant’s death (10 years, to be exact), but as one of the four winners of the national championship of college football at Alabama, he’s got to be added into the equation.
From Paul Finebaum, circa 1982(ish):
“I think it’s a biblical thing. Twenty-five years of glory (the number of years Bryant was at Alabama) followed by 25 five years of plagues.”
Bear Bryant died in 1982. 25 years later, in 2007, Alabama hired Nick Saban. Welcome to the new age of glory at the University of Alabama.