Born In: Birmingham, Alabama
Robert Cleckler Bowden, popularly known as "Bobby" was one of the legendary football coaches. He coached the Florida State University (FSU) team for nearly seven decades during which the team registered more than three hundred victories, breaking all the past records. For his accomplishments with the Seminoles, he is regarded as one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. There is no denying the fact that it is the coach who recognizes the talent required to build a strong and potentially winning team and Bowden excelled in the job. On January 1, 2010, he made his final coaching appearance in the 2010 Gator Bowl game, with a 33–21 victory over his former program, West Virginia.
Also Known As: Robert Cleckler Bowden
Died At Age: 91
Spouse/Ex-: Ann Estock (m. 1949)
father: Bob Bowden
mother: Sunset (née Cleckler ) Bowden
children: Tommy Bowden Terry Bowden Jeff Bowden
Born Country: United States
place of death: Tallahassee, Florida
U.S. State: Alabama
education: University of Alabama (1953) Woodlawn High School Samford University
awards: 1980 - Bobby Dodd COY
1991 - Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award
2011 - Amos Alonzo Stagg Award for his outstanding achievement as a coach
He held the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) record of 11 consecutive bowl victories and 14 straight bowl trips without a loss.
Bowden married his childhood sweetheart Ann Estock, on April 1, 1949. They had six children and 21 grandchildren.
On July 23, 2021, Bowden was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Bobby Bowden died on August 8, 2021, at the age of 91.
This famous retired FSU coach’s winning percentage was second among active FBS coaches with 100 victories.
He was the third coach in the history of major college football to have coached for 500 games during his career.
In 1999, in the famous ‘The Bowden Bowl’ football game, this legendary coach and his son coached teams, playing against each other. This event was the first of its kind in the history of Division I-A football.
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