Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Bobby Bowden

Bobby Bowden


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Samford, West Virginia, Florida State
  • Years: 1959-2009
  • Inducted: 2006
  • Place of Birth: Birmingham, AL
  • Date of Birth: Nov 08, 1929

Member Biography

Bobby Bowden�s list of achievements begins with the fact that no coach in major college history has won more games. Bowden began his career as the coach of Howard College his alma mater (later Samford). His first two teams each lost only one game as he posted a 31-6 record in four seasons. After seven seasons as an assistant at Florida State and West Virginia he became the Mountaineer head coach in 1970. There he went to two bowl games and had his first top 20 team going 42-26 in six seasons. His success at WVU led him back to Tallahassee where he became the head coach in 1976. Prior to his arrival the Seminoles won only four games over three years. His success over the past thirty plus seasons has been remarkable. His second team went 10-2 and in his fourth year had a team that contended for the national title. Perhaps the most notable of his records is the fact that for 14 consecutive seasons the Noles finished the season as one of the nation�s top five teams. In both 1993 and 1999 FSU won the national championship. Among his many accomplishments are being the only coach to have won 11 consecutive bowl games and being the first coach to take a team throughout an entire season as the top-ranked team. He closed his career after the 2009 season after 44 years as a head coach where 28 of his 34 Seminole teams were ranked. In addition to being a Hall of Fame member, Bowden has also been honored by the NFF as the 2006 Gold Medal Award with Penn State coach Joe Paterno.
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