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Look: Florida State Unveils Special Bobby Bowden Tribute

A closeup of Bobby Bowden wearing a Florida State hat.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 6: Head coach Bobby Bowden of Florida State University Seminoles watches the game against the Duke University Blue Devils at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 6, 2004 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated Duke 29-7. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Just weeks ago, we lost one a true college football legend in Bobby Bowden. The former Florida State football coach, who turned the Seminoles program into one of the sport's best, was 91 years old.

Florida State is set to open its 2021 season on a huge stage. The Seminoles will host 2020 playoff team Notre Dame on Sunday, Sept. 5.

When that game kicks off in a few days, we'll get a live look at a cool new tribute to the late Bowden. FSU has added his signature to the back of the Seminoles' helmets, and it looks fantastic.

Bowden took over the Seminoles in 1976, after stints at Samford and West Virginia. Leading the program through 2009, he posted a 304-97-4 record with the Seminoles, winning a pair of national championships and 12 ACC conference titles.

In addition to the helmet bumper signatures, Florida State football coach polos will feature a Bobby Bowden patch. FSU is also adding some Bowden insignias to the field, which was previously named after him.

On the field, the Bowden logo with his iconic hat and “Bobby” signature will be painted on each 25-yard line opposite the ACC logos. In the south end zone, a tribute banner with the same logo will be installed over the area that was previously occupied by the Marching Chiefs before their move to the north end zone.

They're very appropriate tributes to a man who elevated the program into national prominence.

The Seminoles and Fighting Irish kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET. ABC will have the broadcast of Sunday night's big Week 1 showdown.