University of Arizona Athletics Motto

The official motto of the University of Arizona Athletics Department is "Bear Down."

The University motto "Bear Down" is the last piece of advice spoken by football team captain John Byrd "Button" Salmon to coach "Pop" McKale in 1926 as Salmon lay dying from injuries from an automobile accident.


The Story of Bear Down, opens a new window at the University of Arizona. 

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