Legendary Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden Passed Away Age 91
Robert Clecker Bowden, a.k.a. Bobby Bowden, passed away at age 91. He was diagnosed with a terminal medical condition in July. As many media outlets have reported, Bowden died Sunday morning.
"My father passed away peacefully early this morning with all six of his children and my mother here by his side," Bowden's son Terry said in a statement. "I couldn't have asked for a better personal mentor than my father. He was a wonderful husband and father, who relied on his strong Christian faith to provide the foundation for his life. I also was fortunate to be raised by a football coach who had a reputation for coaching the right way his entire career. He was admired by everyone who played for him or coached against him." - AP
Bowden was born on November 8, 1929, in Birmingham, Alabama. He was an outstanding football player at Woodlawn High School and played Quarterback at the University of Alabama. He would later transfer to Howard College (Samford University) where he continued his athleticism by playing football, baseball, and track.
In 1954, Bowden began his coaching career as an assistant at Samford University. He would then head coach South Georgia State College, Samford, and West Virginia until 1976 when he accepted the head coaching position at Florida State. Bowden accomplishments and honors were the following:
2 National Championships (1993, 1999)
12 ACC Conference Championships (1992-2000, 2002-2003, 2005)
2 ACC Atlantic Division (2005, 2008)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (1980)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1991)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (2011)
Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame Class 2006.
Bowden is ranked number 4 on the all time wins with 377 official wins (had 388 until NCAA vacated the wins because of academic fraud).
He is survived by wife Ann; sons Terry, Tommy, Jeff, and Steve, and daughters Rbyn Hines and Ginger Madden.
Our condolences to the family, friends, and fans. #RIPBobbyBowden
I join my fellow FSU Seminoles in mourning the passing of the legendary Bobby Bowden. I was a student at FSU when coach Bowden joined FSU and took FSU football to national championships. We will truly grateful for his life and legacy. GO NOLES. pic.twitter.com/0zD4mGQNOz— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) August 8, 2021
Bobby Bowden was a real-life #TedLasso ... with multiple national titles, a Bible on his desk and Christian faith in his heart— Bill Speros (@billsperos) August 8, 2021
Faults and flaws?
But he got compassion and forgiveness better than most
He was as genuine as they get
An amazing man @GARYBOGDON 📸 pic.twitter.com/lqUtfhoH7r