Oct. 14, 2009
This weekend marks the premiere of Spotlight: The Bowdens, a new, 30-minute interview special featuring Florida State head football coach Bobby Bowden and his three sons, Terry, Tommy and Jeff, who followed in their father’s footsteps to become football coaches.
Produced by the SportSouth regional network in Atlanta, Spotlight: The Bowdens debuts in Florida on October 18 at 10 p.m. ET on Sun Sports.
From humble beginnings in Birmingham, Alabama, Bobby Bowden rose through the ranks of his sport to become one of the greatest collegiate gridiron coaches of all time. Spotlight: The Bowdens provides the first-ever opportunity for Coach Bowden and three of his sons to discuss their family’s life in college football.
Spotlight: The Bowdens has additional airings across Florida on Sun Sports on October 19 at 9 p.m., October 21 at 4 p.m., November 5 at 6:30 p.m., November 11 at 9 a.m., November 16 at 9:30 p.m.
Bobby Bowden on the one piece of advice he would give about being successful on the football field
“Football is not the most important thing in life. Get your priorities in order. God, family and, believe it or not, education. Then somewhere down the line football comes. Don’t cut your wrist over football. There are too many people that will. It’s not life and death like some people think. It used to be a game, you remember?”
Terry Bowden on the one piece of advice he would give about being successful on the football field
“Believe. Believe that you can accomplish things. Set your goals high. Reach out for something special every minute…Don’t settle for second. Settle for the highest goals and don’t ever, ever compromise going after the very top. Whether you get there or not, it’s always the effort, the journey that I think is the key.”
Bobby Bowden on the advice he gave his sons at the beginning of their careers
“I think the biggest thing I tried to get across to them once they went into coaching – number one, I told them don’t take short-cuts. Do everything you can to build a winner but do not cheat. We’re not going to cheat. Do it the right way, and just win. I do expect you to win, and you’re going to win if you do it right and work hard. I felt like you had what it took – you’d been around it enough, you had an education – and all of you would be victors in your own way.”
Tommy Bowden on the coaching techniques he’s learned from Bobby
“That’s probably one of the biggest thing’s I learned from you – try to hire good people, delegate authority and let them go. I think that’s something a lot of coaches are comfortable with and I think we all incorporated that management style and are very comfortable with it.”
Bobby Bowden on dealing with the press
“When I came to Florida State no one knew who Florida State was. So I realized the importance of the media – I’ve got to get Florida State’s name out there in front of people. I really did cater to the media. I feel that for our program to be a success I’ve got to expose our players and our team to the media. I’m a little bit more strict on that now than I was 30 years ago because it’s gotten tougher and tighter and more negative. There’s so much negativity out there now. But I still always feel like I owe them a story. They’ve got to make a living just like I have.”