Halfway through the season opener of Notre Dame and the State of Florida, the Seminoles paid tribute to legendary coach Bobby Bowden, who recently passed away at the age of 91.
After a frenzied first half in Tallahassee, the Florida State Marching Band took to the field at Doak Campbell Stadium and paid tribute to the longtime Seminoles head coach who died last month.
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The marching band lined up to spell “Bobby” on the Seminole field, stretching almost from one end zone to another. From there, the band performed a flawless version of “Amazing Grace” to the delight of a full house.
Bowden is arguably the most recognizable name in Florida state football history. He spent 34 of his 40 years as a college head coach with the FSU, compiling 315 wins, the second-highest number of all time. In Tallahassee, Bowden led the Seminoles to national titles in 1993 and 1999.
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A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Bowden oversaw one of the most notable races in college football history. After a modest first season in which the Seminoles recorded more defeats than wins, Bowden led the FSU to an unthinkable thirty-three consecutive winning campaigns.
Ahead of Sunday night’s game, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly praised Bowden: “I think he’s considered one of those coaching icons as having that fatherly and mentoring relationship with his players that many, many coaches would love to have with their players. “
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The Seminole football team honors Bowden by displaying his signature prominently on the back of every player’s helmet throughout the season.