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When I was 7 or 8 Bobby came to my town's country club, which was only 25 minutes from Tallahassee for his annual golf tournament. At the time the usual policy was Bobby playing a hole or two with one group and then moving on to the next group I believe. On the first hole one of the golfers , who wasnt a country club member or regular golfer hit one of the worst shanks youve ever seen. It ricocheted off the cart 15 or so feet ahead and 20 or so yards to the right at about 90 MPH and bounced into the group immediately around Bobby, which included my father. When that golfer decided to take a mulligan and retake his shot off the tee Bobby said to my dad "If you dont mind i'll just stand behind you." Needless to say everyone just about peed themselves.

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I got to school Weinke's last season. The weekend that I was moving in and just getting to Tally for my first time outside of 2 games as a kid. I pulled up to the light at Tennessee and High. Up next to me rolled up Bobby in a Cadillac chompin' a big ole cigar. He didn't see me but I was like 'Florida State kicks ass!' after I saw him. I always grew up a diehard FSU football fan but that made me fall in love w/Tally and campus immediately.

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Men trained in arms from their infancy, and animated by the love of liberty, will afford neither a cheap or easy conquest”
-The Declaration of the Continental Congress, 1775

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2 stories and a favorite quote:

1. The first time I met Coach Bowden was at the 1991 Spring Tour in Pensacola. As a 13 year old direhard Nole, I had never been within 100 feet of him before. There was no autograph session then like they had in later years, but Coach B. was just standing in front of the head table "holding court" with various well wishers.

I grabbed my marker and a program I had from the 1990 UF game and headed towards him. When I got about 10 feet from him, I froze. Folks, I came to a dead stop. There he was man, Bobby himself. Might sound cheesy to some of you, but I swear, I couldn't move.

Luckily, Bobby helped me. He caught my eye and said, "Hey man, you want me to sign that"? I replied shakily: "Yes sir", with a nod. "Well, come on over here", with a chuckle. I did, and he asked me all of the usual questions as he signed. He then posed for a picture that I still have with the autographed program. He then chatted with my mother, and made another genuine fan that night.

2. At the 1995 5th quarter Sugar Bowl, my dad and I had taken two of my buddies to the game, and in wandering around New Orleans, we found the FSU team hotel. As the team was gathering to go load the buses for the ride to the Super Dome, Bobby came walking by, just milling around. My buddies were awe struck, but I called out, "Go get those Gators, Coach"!

He grinned, and walked over and shook our hands, and asked where we were from, etc. When I said Pensacola, he asked about some folks I knew in the boosters, and we talked about a former FSU player (1940'-50's) who was a family friend. As we parted, Coach Bowden said "Y'all holler loud, cause those Gators are gonna get skinned tonight"! That fired up three 17 year olds a LOT! All of that for 3 teenagers he didn't know, just before a huge game.

There will never be another.........

Favorite quote: Following the 1998 UF game in which UF quarterback Doug Johnson threw a football at Bowden during a pre-game fight, a reporter asked Bobby what would have happened if his starting quarterback had thrown a ball at an opposing coach like that?

Bowden dead panned: "He woulda hit him"............

This post was edited on 1/29 2:18 PM by nole14

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As a student assistant for the FSU Sports Info Dept. my favorite Bowden moment was the week of the '97 Miami game. Coach was in his golf cart talking with Brent Musberger when he stopped mid sentence and looked over at me and said, "Who are you?" I repied, "I'm with Sports Info coach". "Oh, okay", he replied. "I thought that was you, buddy. I've gotta watch out for those spies this week" as he picked right back where he left off with Brent. I was very happy to be recognized by a coaching legend since he was the whole reason I even went to FSU.

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