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Bobby Bowden bio
FSU head coach - Bobby Bowden
"I'm being coached by a legend every day. He's on top of his game 100 percent. He can relate to his players," said senior nose guard Andre Fluellen when asked about his head coach.
Words like legend are often used when describing Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden and it's an all too fitting term. Bowden has carved his place in college football history and has etched his name among the all-time greats, beginning with the fact that no other coach in major college football history has won more games. But his legacy goes well beyond his impressive win total. He has gained respect and notoriety in the profession by the manner in which he has achieved these accomplishments.
"It will be an honor to coach against Bobby Bowden," UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell said during a 2006 Emerald Bowl press conference. "I've always admired the way he has run his program. He has always done things the right way.
"I'm a little bit awestruck being here, in terms of what he's done and where he's been. I've done nothing compared to him. Not many guys have."
Further defining this stature, Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December 2006. In a rare, yet remarkable gesture, he and Penn State's Joe Paterno were inducted while still actively coaching. The previous rule was that a person must be retired before they can be elected in, but the rule was changed. Instead of requiring a person be retired, the National Football Foundation decided to make any active coach over 75 eligible for induction.
Both Bowden and Paterno also received an even greater honor when they were presented with the organization's very highest distinction, the Gold Medal, joining the likes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and H. Norman Schwarzkopf.Like few other coaches before him, Bowden has created something of a monster that sits squarely on his shoulders. He has coached his Florida State teams so very close to perfection that people have come to expect the moon. He has won 167 games over the last 16 seasons, including monumental wins over Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Florida and others.
"I have been coaching for 54 years and married to (wife) Ann for 56 years,"
Bowden said at the ceremony. "Football offers you the greatest opportunity for a
coach to succeed in any sport. I'm looking out on this audience and seeing many
people who haven't lived their lives. They have so much ahead of them, and, just
as with all six of my football jobs in four different states, I know that you
have to have faith, belief -- I'm not talking about fate. I have been very
fortunate in my profession, and this is just a wonderful award. I am truly
About Bobby Bowden:
*Surpassed former FSU Head Coach Bill Peterson (1960-70) as the all-time winningest coach at Florida State.
Bowden Milestone Victories Overall
Lombardi Coach of the Year Award
(Text of Speech by the daughter of Vince Lombardi at the presentation of the Lombardi Coach of the Year Trophy to Bobby Bowden.)
Bobby Bowden is not only one of the most competitive coaches in the game of college football, he is a legend. Like my dad, he has a great love of X's and O's. Running a football team is no different from running any other kind of organization — an army, a political party, a business. The principles are still the same. The task of motivation, preparation, discipline, and teamwork are the real X's and O's of leadership.
There are many words that describe coach Bowden. Not just his wins, losses or coaching records, but his respect, sincerity, class, his honesty, charisma, charm and humor. These are what make him a great man and coach.
Bobby Bowden has been to 21 bowl games since his arrival at Florida State University, a string of 18 in a row in 25 years as head coach. His credentials: friendly, outgoing, family man and devoted christian, love of God, people, and his country, and love of his job.
It's an honor and privilege to present the Vince Lombardi College Coach of the Year award to an outstanding football coach, Bobby Bowden.
His incredible success as a coach makes him one of college football's most successful coaches with a 761% winning average. He has taken one of the worst football teams in the country and made them into national champions. The only school in the history of college football to finish among the top four in 13 straight seasons.
It's a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That's why they're there to compete. They know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The objective is to win — fairly, squarely, decently, by the rules — but to win.
Coach Bowden's commitment to excellence, his strong leadership, his honorable beliefs on and off the football field, and his discipline and decency, have gained him respect everywhere he goes — on the football field and in his community equally. Coach Bowden knows the rules.
Coach Bowden, I am honored — as is the entire Lombardi family — to present you with the 1999 Vince Lombardi College Coach of the Year award. Congratulations!
Coaching Accomplishments • The only coach in the history of Division I-A football to compile 13 straight 10-win seasons (1987-present)…Won his first national championship in 1993 while setting a school record for victories in a season with 12…Nation's second-winningest active head coach with 304, which ranks fifth all-time (Division IA)…Holds the NCAA record with 11 consecutive bowl victories and 14 straight bowl trips without a loss…With a 17-5-1 record in bowl games, his winning percentage of .761 is the best mark, all-time, in college football…Owns the fifth-best winning percentage (.779) among active coaches with a career record of 304-85-4…Has guided FSU to 21 bowl appearances in 24 years, including 17 straight, with 14 "New Year's Day" bowl trips…His 231 wins at Florida State over the last 24 years are more than the previous seven FSU head coaches compiled in over 29 seasons…Patriarch of the only father-son duo ever to lead Division I-A programs, let alone to lead them at the same time.
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