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  1. This photo is from 1970 and I have always understood Bryant started wearing the black and white houndstooth after it was given to him by the head of the AFL for steering Joe Namath there rather than the NFL, which was in 1965.

    I would be interested to see a color photo of Shug’s houndstooth hat (that is kind of hard to say). I somehow doubt it is a black and white pattern and that the state’s two biggest coaches were wearing matching hats.

  2. During the years that Shug wore that hat it was NOT recognized as being a bammer “thing”. It was, at that time, just a classic design.

  3. There are a lot of pictures of the bear in a black and white plaid hat. Bama thinks it owns hounds tooth, but it doesn’t. Some enterprising AU fan should produce some items with navy/burnt orange versions of hounds tooth–hats, scarves, etc. I would certainly would buy one!

  4. @Ephemeral I have seen orange and blue houndstooth ball caps. As well as houndstooth with AU on it just to make Bammers mad.

  5. “This photo is from 1970 and I have always understood Bryant started wearing the black and white houndstooth after it was given to him by the head of the AFL for steering Joe Namath there rather than the NFL, which was in 1965. ”

    It is my understanding, that while Bryant did receive as a gift from the Jets owner (may have also been the head of the AFL) as a gift, he didn’t immediately wear it. I’ve read accounts where it was only worn a few times, late in his career, at the urging of his daughter who found it/noticed it one day.

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