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FSU honors Bobby Bowden at opener vs. Notre Dame

Tributes include a painting that took 1,500 hours to make. Reproductions are for sale.
Artist Steve Skipper shows his painting of the late Bobby Bowden to Bowden's widow, Ann, and daughter, Ginger.
Artist Steve Skipper shows his painting of the late Bobby Bowden to Bowden's widow, Ann, and daughter, Ginger. [ MATT BAKER | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Sep. 5
Updated Sep. 6

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State had several tributes to legendary coach Bobby Bowden, who died last month at 91, for Sunday’s season opener against No. 9 Notre Dame at Doak Campbell Stadium.

They included the unveiling of a panting Bowden had commissioned that showed his entire career. Artist Steve Skipper spent 1,500 hours working on the piece.

Reproductions are for sale at steveskipperstudio.com, with some proceeds going to the Bowden Trust and FSU athletics.

Bowden’s widow, Ann, said seeing the painting was “very emotional.” She is still grieving her husband’s death — “It hasn’t been long enough time yet,” she said — but wanted to be at Doak Campbell Stadium with her family Sunday because of the support they’ve received.

“I think it was important for Mother to show the school and the public how much we as a family appreciate it, said her daughter, Ginger. “It wasn’t as if the Bowdens lost their father or their husband or uncle or cousin. It was as if the entire state of Florida (did).”

“In a sense,” Ann said, “they did.”

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FSU put a Bowden logo at the 25-yard line and on a tarp past one end zone. His signature was added to the back of FSU’s helmets.

The marching band spelled out “Bobby” at halftime and played Amazing Grace in his memory.

Contact Matt Baker at mbaker@tampabay.com. Follow @MBakerTBTimes.

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