Longtime Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden will not be forgotten this fall at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The school has planned a number of tributes to celebrate the life of the coaching legend, who roamed the sidelines in Tallahassee for 34 years before retiring after the 2009 season and who died last month at the age of 91.
The back of every FSU player’s helmet this season will have Bowden’s signature in garnet on a white background. Bowden patches will be added to each coach’s shirt.
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. The Bowden logo will also be placed in the south end zone. It will be located behind the goal posts.
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“It was a collaborative effort. We want to make it right,” FSU head Coach Mike Norvell stated Wednesday about the planning behind the Bowden tribute.
“For what he means to this university, we want to make sure that we show the respect in all phases, in all ways. It really does play into what we’re doing. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to represent him and for who he was as a coach. “
Bowden, one of college football’s most successful coaches, led the Seminoles a 316-97-4 record and two national titles (1993 and 1999) in his 34 years at the helm before retiring after the 2009 season. After a battle with pancreatic cancer, he died on August 8.
Florida State opens its 2021 campaign by hosting Notre Dame on Sunday, Sept. 5.