Dear Seminoles fan,
Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden Announces Bowl Will Be His Last Game
TALLAHASSEE, FL — Florida State University Head Football Coach Bobby Bowden announced Tuesday that the Seminoles’ upcoming bowl game will be his last game. Bowden, who will complete his 34th season as coach at Florida State, will coach the Seminoles in the bowl game and finish his career as one of the winningest coaches in the history of
“I’d like to thank my wife Ann and my family for their love and support. There were a lot of nights when I was on the road and not at home at the dinner table. We all know that’s part of it.
“I’d also like to thank the
“Finally, I’d like to thank the University and FSU fans who have supported the Florida State program. We’ve got one more
Bowden was named National Coach of the Year six times (1979, 1980, 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1999), and a national award presented by The Fellowship of Christian Athletes bears his name. He led Florida State to national championships in 1993 and again in 1999, the latter being the first team in the history of the Associated Press poll to go wire-to-wire ranked No. 1.
Wetherell, who will
“Bobby Bowden is not only one of the most outstanding college football coaches in history but also a great man who you would want as a mentor to your children,” Wetherell said.
“Every true Seminole fan appreciates all
Wetherell, who was one of those young men, said
In his own tribute to Bowden, Wetherell said:
“Bobby Bowden has served as our head football coach and inspirational `friend-raiser’ for more than 30 years. He led our football program to unprecedented success and established it among the nation’s elite for many years. He set records of achievement on the
“Bobby Bowden contributed in many ways to the overall success and advancement of a young and growing university, and the entire Bowden family is also a major part of this success story.
“I played for Bobby Bowden 45 years ago, when I was a young man, and he was an assistant coach under Bill Peterson.
“The bond between player and coach is strong enough, but our relationship forged even more powerful
“Millions of Americans could see the good work and academic contributions of our university through the window of national television –a window that winning football teams
“Bobby Bowden, in many ways, became the face of Florida State. It was his sterling personality and character that personified this university. And because his influence was so powerful, we were able to advance far beyond what many of us ever dreamed.”
About Bobby Bowden…
Born : November 8, 1929 in Birmingham, Ala.
High School : Woodlawn High, Birmingham, Ala.
College : Howard
Collegiate Football Experience : University of Alabama (QB), freshman;
Graduate Degree : Peabody College
Wife : The former Julia Ann Estock
Children : Robyn, Steve, Tommy, Terry, Ginger, Jeff
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