Paul "Bear" Bryant announced his retirement as head football coach at Alabama effective with the end of the 1982 season. His last game was a 21-15 victory in the Liberty Bowl over the University of Illinois. He had intended to stay on with the University as athletic director but died on January 26, 1983 after checking into a hospital in Tuscaloosa with chest pains. His death came less than a month after his last game as a coach. He was 69.

This is just one story of many I have heard about people retiring and soon thereafter dying. Was it depression? A lack of a reason to live? It is said that with Bryant it was a combination.

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