Calling all football coaches: Your chance is coming to finally lick the Bear.

A commemorative stamp of legendary University of Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant will be issued in 1997, Postmaster General Marvin Runyon said Thursday.The final design is under wraps, Runyon said, but a preliminary version carries a head-and-shoulders profile of the Bear sporting his signature houndstooth cap. Befitting a coach with a 323-85-17 record and six national championships during a 37-year career, Bryant's head is ringed, halo-like, by a bright corona.

"It's high time that we gave the trophy to the Bear," said Runyon.

Bryant, who died in 1983, played football for Alabama from 1933-1935. He coached at the University of Maryland, the University of Kentucky and Texas A&M before returning to the Crimson Tide.

The stamp is part of a four-stamp series honoring college and pro coaches. The three other coaches haven't been chosen yet.