Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Former Florida State Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden still talking a good game

TAMPA — The long nights, bright lights and Saturdays spent walking the sidelines are gone for Bobby Bowden.

But he doesn't see that as a reason to slow down.

The former Florida State football coaching legend hasn't eased into the usual pace of "retirement." On the heels of publishing a book, Called to Coach, he's now on the speaking trail, with about three or four paid appearances per week around the country.

Bowden's latest stop was Raymond James Stadium on Friday night, where he spoke to about 300 guests about faith, family and football at a dinner event hosted by Northside Christian School.

"I won't retire," Bowden said. "I don't want to be retired."

Bowden, 81, who left FSU after the 2009 season with the second-most wins in major college football history, "doesn't miss a drop" of coaching. One thing he has realized now that he's out of coaching is the pressure of the job.

He took the opportunity last fall to enjoy football as a spectator. He watched a lot of football and never missed an FSU game. "It was fun," he said. "I didn't have to worry about winning a single game."

Now Bowden is playing more golf and spending more time with his family.

On Friday he spoke before a group that included former FSU quarterback Drew Weatherford.

"He's the most humble individual I've ever been around," Weatherford said. "There's three things my dad used to tell me every day when he dropped me off at school. … And it was that God asks three things of us every day: be humble, be kind and be just. And I never knew what that meant until I saw that in person. I got to experience that from a man I admired."

Bowden remains involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

"I'd hate to do nothing," Bowden said. "To me, when you do nothing, you're ready for the grave, and I ain't volunteering for that."

Former Florida State Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden still talking a good game 02/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 10:24pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Ronde Barber: Want intimidation? Look at past Bucs teams


    Ronde Barber says these days "it's hard to find throwbacks, where you go, 'That guy is a badass.' Where do you find that now? It's such a show-off sport." (Times 2012)
  2. Rays blow lead in ninth, lose in 10 to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays manager Kevin Cash liked the way Alex Cobb was competing Friday night. He liked the way the hard contact made by the Rangers batters went away after the second or third inning. So as the game headed toward the ninth, there was no doubt in Cash's mind that sending Cobb back to the mound was …

    Rays starter Alex Cobb can hardly believe what just happened as he leaves the game in the ninth after allowing a leadoff double then a tying two-run homer to the Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo.
  3. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. gets extra day off to let hip heal

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RF Steven Souza Jr. ran in rightfield before batting practice under the watchful gaze of the Rays training staff and manager Kevin Cash. Afterward, Souza told Cash he could use one more day of rest before playing on the left hip he strained Wednesday in Oakland.

    Steven Souza Jr., hugging Mallex Smith after Smith’s solo home run in the eighth inning, feels relief after tests are negative on his injured hip.
  4. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: FS1; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)