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Wikipedia Summary for Bobby Bowden

Robert Cleckler Bowden (November 8, 1929 – August 8, 2021) was an American college football coach. Bowden coached the Florida State Seminoles of Florida State University (FSU) from 1976 to 2009 and is considered one of the greatest college football coaches of all time for his accomplishments with the Seminoles.

During his time at Florida State, Bowden led FSU to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Title in 1993 and a BCS National Championship in 1999, as well as twelve Atlantic Coast Conference championships once FSU joined the conference in 1991. Bowden's Seminoles finished as an AP top-5 team for 14 consecutive seasons, setting a record which doubled the closest program. However, the program weakened during the mid-2000s, and after a difficult 2009 season Bowden was fired by President T.K. Wetherell, just weeks after his 80th birthday. He made his final coaching appearance in the 2010 Gator Bowl game on January 1, 2010, with a 33–21 victory over his former program, West Virginia.

Bowden spent the last part of his career in a race with Joe Paterno to become the winningest NCAA Division I college football coach of all time. The coaches overtook each other throughout the 2000s, sitting just a game apart before the 2008 college football season. However, on March 6, 2009, an NCAA ruling required Florida State to "vacate wins for any games in which an ineligible player participated", threatening to remove as many as fourteen of Bowden's wins from the 2006 and 2007 seasons in relation to an academic scandal. Florida State appealed the ruling, but the NCAA upheld it on January 5, 2010. Upon final investigation by FSU, it was determined that Bowden was to vacate 12 wins, bringing his final career record to 377–129–4, second to Paterno's final tally of 409 wins.

Quote: A boy needs a male figure, and the girls do, too. Somebody to discipline them and make them be a man. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

A boy needs a male figure, and the girls do, too. Somebody to discipline them and make them be a man.


Quote: During my last days at Florida State, 65 to 70 percent of my boys did not have a daddy at home. They're raised by mommas. Thank God for them mommas, or grandmommas. Or big sister or aunt. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

During my last days at Florida State, 65 to 70 percent of my boys did not have a daddy at home. They're raised by mommas. Thank God for them mommas, or grandmommas. Or big sister or aunt.


Quote: Something has to happen that you can't coach. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

Something has to happen that you can't coach.


Quote: Integrity makes my job easier. It's deception and dishonesty that requires so much diligent effort. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

Integrity makes my job easier. It's deception and dishonesty that requires so much diligent effort.


Quote: I've always said it takes more courage to stand back there and throw a ball knowing you're fixing to get drilled than anything I can think of in football. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

I've always said it takes more courage to stand back there and throw a ball knowing you're fixing to get drilled than anything I can think of in football.


Quote: I suppose I'm like most coaches now, standing on the sideline hoping somebody asks them a question. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

I suppose I'm like most coaches now, standing on the sideline hoping somebody asks them a question.


Quote: That boy don't know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades, and that boy don't know the meaning of a lot of words. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

That boy don't know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades, and that boy don't know the meaning of a lot of words.


Quote: I learned a long time ago that you don't have to go around using bad language and trying to hurt people to show how macho you are. That stuff won't get you anywhere, it just shows lack of vocabulary and character. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

I learned a long time ago that you don't have to go around using bad language and trying to hurt people to show how macho you are. That stuff won't get you anywhere, it just shows lack of vocabulary and character.


Quote: Discipline to me is sacrifice; it's willingness to give up something you want to do, so you can better yourself. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

Discipline to me is sacrifice; it's willingness to give up something you want to do, so you can better yourself.


Quote: I'm praying for a misdemeanor. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

I'm praying for a misdemeanor.


Quote: There's only about 6 inches that turns that halo into a noose. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

There's only about 6 inches that turns that halo into a noose.


Quote: I am not happy with moral victories. Those things are forgotten. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

I am not happy with moral victories. Those things are forgotten.


Quote: I learned more from the mistakes than from the good things. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

I learned more from the mistakes than from the good things.


Quote: If somebody mistreats you, treat'em good. That kills'em. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

If somebody mistreats you, treat'em good. That kills'em.


Quote: Do I think God is going to win football games? Oh no. I never prayed to God to help us win a game. I would pray for the safety of the players. I would pray that they would do their best. I think God will answer that. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

Do I think God is going to win football games? Oh no. I never prayed to God to help us win a game. I would pray for the safety of the players. I would pray that they would do their best. I think God will answer that.


Quote: The heck with political correctness. I've never believed in it. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

The heck with political correctness. I've never believed in it.


Quote: Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel.


Quote: He died right after he retired, and seeing that made me feel more conscious of a man needing a motive to live. If I ever got out of coaching, I would have to get a job somewhere, or I'm afraid I'd wilt on the vine, too. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

He died right after he retired, and seeing that made me feel more conscious of a man needing a motive to live. If I ever got out of coaching, I would have to get a job somewhere, or I'm afraid I'd wilt on the vine, too.


Quote: If short hair and good manners won football games, Army and Navy would play for the national championship every year. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

If short hair and good manners won football games, Army and Navy would play for the national championship every year.


Quote: After you retire, there's only one big event left....and I ain't ready for that. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

After you retire, there's only one big event left....and I ain't ready for that.


Quote: I really believe God called on me to coach, and that is the reason I stayed in it for so long. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

I really believe God called on me to coach, and that is the reason I stayed in it for so long.


Quote: I've never made football my priority. My priorities are my faith and my dependence on God. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

I've never made football my priority. My priorities are my faith and my dependence on God.


Quote: I guess I'll retire someday if I live that long. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

I guess I'll retire someday if I live that long.


Quote: Even though I retired from coaching, I still believe that is my calling. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

Even though I retired from coaching, I still believe that is my calling.




Quote: A better ending could not have been scripted. Of course, if we had won, that would have been better. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

A better ending could not have been scripted. Of course, if we had won, that would have been better.


Quote: He who gets the best players usually wins. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

He who gets the best players usually wins.


Quote: He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear, but then again he doesn't know the meaning of most words. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear, but then again he doesn't know the meaning of most words.


Quote: I won't miss coaching. What you miss is that camaraderie with those boys and the other coaches. You miss that. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

I won't miss coaching. What you miss is that camaraderie with those boys and the other coaches. You miss that.


Quote: Football has always been a big part of my life. Almost from the day I was born, playing and coaching football were all I really ever wanted to do. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

Football has always been a big part of my life. Almost from the day I was born, playing and coaching football were all I really ever wanted to do.


Quote: There's a saying in my business that there are two kinds of coaches -- those who have been fired and those who haven't been fired yet. That's kind of like prostate cancer. Every man will have it if he lives long enough. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

There's a saying in my business that there are two kinds of coaches -- those who have been fired and those who haven't been fired yet. That's kind of like prostate cancer. Every man will have it if he lives long enough.


Quote: All my life, I've been right next to a football field. I never knew nothing else. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

All my life, I've been right next to a football field. I never knew nothing else.


Quote: Don't go to the grave with life unused. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

Don't go to the grave with life unused.


Quote: The thing that drives most coaches out of coaching in college is they get tired of the grind of recruiting. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

The thing that drives most coaches out of coaching in college is they get tired of the grind of recruiting.


Quote: People that are brilliant and successful, we think they've just always been that way. That's not the case. Most of them have had some tough adversity in their life. It's prepared them. I've never felt like you could develop character without adversity. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

People that are brilliant and successful, we think they've just always been that way. That's not the case. Most of them have had some tough adversity in their life. It's prepared them. I've never felt like you could develop character without adversity.


Quote: You can live by biblical principles, and you can teach by those principles and still be a winner. So many coaches think you've got to kick your players in the rear end. You've got to cuss them out. You've got to hit them across the head. No. You don't have to do that. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of Bobby Bowden quote; white text on black background

You can live by biblical principles, and you can teach by those principles and still be a winner. So many coaches think you've got to kick your players in the rear end. You've got to cuss them out. You've got to hit them across the head. No. You don't have to do that.


Quote: A guy's who has all the money he needs and never faced any hard times, he won't have any character. But when you've had it tough and you've had it rough and you thought you were at the end of the rope and you work your way out of it, that's the way you build character. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of Bobby Bowden quote; white text on black background

A guy's who has all the money he needs and never faced any hard times, he won't have any character. But when you've had it tough and you've had it rough and you thought you were at the end of the rope and you work your way out of it, that's the way you build character.




Quote: To have the kind of year you want to have, something has to happen that you can't explain why it happened. Something has to happen that you can't coach. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

To have the kind of year you want to have, something has to happen that you can't explain why it happened. Something has to happen that you can't coach.




Quote: If somebody mistreats you, treat 'em good. That kills 'em. by author Bobby Bowden overlaid on photo of photo of author Bobby Bowden with quote

If somebody mistreats you, treat 'em good. That kills 'em.


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