Son of Paralyzed TCU Player Gets Bryant Scholarship to Attend UA

A touching story has recently surfaced involving Kent Waldrep, the TCU player that was paralyzed in a 1974 game against Alabama at Legion Field. Waldrep was carrying the ball and had his legs cut out from under him by a player that had been blocked to the ground behind him. He landed on his head and was instantly paralyzed. Bear Bryant was so distraught by the accident that he didn't return to Tuscaloosa with the team, but went to Waldrep's hospital room in Birmingham instead. Allen Barra's The Last Coach details Bryant's efforts to raise money for Waldrep to buy him a special wheel chair accessible van, pay his medical bills, etc. He even enlisted the help of wealthy pal George Steinbrenner (who was at the game) to contribute to Waldrep's monumental bills. Coach Bryant stayed in contact with Waldrep until his death in 1983.

"At least once every three or four months, I'd pick up the phone and it'd be Coach Bryant," Waldrep recalled. "He'd say, 'What's going on, Kent? How's therapy coming? Are you working hard every day?'"

My parents were at the game and they said it was an incredibly intense experience. They said the stadium was full of weeping when Waldrep was carried off on a stretcher even though the full extent of his injuries weren't known at the time. They said the landing was so awkward and brutal that there was no doubt his injuries were severe.

In 1973 Bryant endowed a scholarship at the university to help the children of former players attend Alabama. 2006 will mark the first time one of the Bryant scholarships will go to the child of an opposing player. Waldrep, however, had become a part of the Alabama family and was even made an honorary member of the A-Club (Alabama's letterman club) which made the younger Waldrep eligible for the scholarship to attend Alabama. Alabama athletics director Mal Moore learned of Trey Waldrep's application and acceptance to the University of Alabama during the Tide's visit to Dallas last year for the Cotton Bowl. Moore then put things in motion to try to get Trey the Bryant scholarship.

Trey Waldrep will begin studies at Alabama in the fall.

Here's a video that discusses Waldrep's relationship to Coach Bryant and the University of Alabama:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Roll 'Bama Roll

You must be a member of Roll 'Bama Roll to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Roll 'Bama Roll. You should read them.

Join Roll 'Bama Roll

You must be a member of Roll 'Bama Roll to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Roll 'Bama Roll. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker