All-time great coach football coaching legend Bobby Bowden has died.
Surrounded by his wife, Ann, and their six children, Bowden “passed peacefully” in his north Florida home early this morning, per reports from the Tallahassee Democrat. He was 91 years old.
Bowden was given a “terminal medical diagnosis” in late July. After those reports broke, his son, Terry Bowden, revealed that the legendary head coach had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Through 54 years of college football coaching, Bowden is most well known for his 34-year head coaching gig with Florida State from 1976-2009. Through that time, the Alabama native propelled the Seminoles program to new heights, leading the team to an NCAA record 28 straight bowl game appearances and 11 straight bowl game wins. He also took the team to two national championship victories (1993, 1999).
The six-time National Coach of the Year was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Before his career began in Tallahassee, Bowden spent time coaching with South Georgia State, Samford and West Virginia. With such a long and illustrious career, he had quite the impact on the football world.
Fans, analysts, players and coaches took to Twitter on Sunday to react to Bowden’s death.
Today we lost a legend but you never lose a legacy. Rest In Peace Coach Bowden pic.twitter.com/f7pQpUPqbJ
— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) August 8, 2021
Asked to share a favorite story about Bobby Bowden, an emotional Fisher recalls working the Bowden Academy as a young coach and having time in the evenings with Bowden, who was “such a normal guy,” telling stories about coaching and life.
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) August 8, 2021
Here at Texas A&M media day. Jimbo Fisher starts off with a somber note, saying a few words about FSU coach Bobby Bowden, who passed earlier today.
"One of the finest gentlemen and coaches that ever walked the sideline," Fisher said.
— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) August 8, 2021
Saban at the lectern:
"Coach Bobby Bowden's passing is really something that saddens all of college football"
Said Bowden set an outstanding example for everyone in the profession
— Nick Kelly (@_NickKelly) August 8, 2021
“This guy was probably one of the best ambassadors of all time,” Saban said of Bobby Bowden.
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) August 8, 2021
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) August 8, 2021
Rest In Peace to a Legend. pic.twitter.com/Iysy2hXtrj
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) August 8, 2021
"He was the model. He was such a great example of not losing sight of the main thing: a man of faith, a great husband, a great father." – Dabo Swinney in July on Bobby Bowden
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) August 8, 2021
Coach Bowden made a huge impact on not only my life personally but so many others. He was blessed to have his family by his side when He passed away. My condolences to his wife Ann and their family.#dunndidit #bobbybowden
— Warrick Dunn (@WarrickDunn) August 8, 2021
2 national championships.
12 ACC championships.
The numbers are insane but they pale in comparison to the number of lives Bobby Bowden impacted for eternity.
He was more preacher than coach.
More father figure than mentor.
More friend than teacher.
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) August 8, 2021
Coach Bowden impacted an entire generation of players, coaches, and fans with his teaching, his class and his faith. His impact will be felt for years to come by the mark he left on everyone he touched.🙏🏽 https://t.co/YlBbN37huq
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) August 8, 2021
Even in death, it’s clear his legacy will carry on throughout the college football world for years to come.
Our thoughts are with the Bowden family through this difficult time.