This is a letter from Paul Bear Bryant to Coach Elmer Smith just 21 days before the Bear passed away . He tells about it being the right time for him to hang them up .He had just retired as football coach . Also says he will stay out of the new staffs way . Seller stated " I am selling the Estate of Coach Elmer Smith who coached with Paul Bear Bryant at Texas A&M and Alabama . This is one of the most extensive memorabilia collections from Paul Bear Bryant , Alabama and Texas A&M in private hands". Coach Bryant died on 1/26/1983. This letter came from Coach Smith's Estate.