Bobby Bowden, one of college football’s legendary coaches, has died. He was 91.
Florida State University announced the news in a tweet saying, “Today we lost
a legend but you never lose a legacy. Rest In Peace Coach Bowden.”
Over his 57 year career, Bowden won more games than nearly any other head coach.
For 34 of those years, he led the Florida State Seminoles, turning the Tallahassee
school into a football powerhouse. During his career, Bowden claimed two national
titles at FSU and 40 winning seasons overall.
Bobby’s son, Terry, confirmed to The Associated Press that his father died at home
surrounded by his family early Sunday morning.
Bobby Bowden announced on July 21 he had a terminal illness that his family later
said was pancreatic cancer. He had been treated for prostate cancer more than a
With charm and wit, Bowden piled up 357 wins during his 40 years as a major college
coach, from tiny Samford — his alma mater, then known as Howard College — to West
Virginia and finally at Florida State, where he went 315-98-4. The Seminoles were a
force during his 34 seasons as coach, winning 12 Atlantic Coast Conference
championships and national titles in 1993 and 1999.
Bowden retired following the 2009 season with a Gator Bowl win over West Virginia
in Florida State’s 28th straight postseason appearance, a victory that gave him his
33rd consecutive winning season.