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Bobby Bowden dies: Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Deion Sanders react as football world mourns the legend’s death

Faculty soccer misplaced a legend on Sunday, as Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden died at 91. Bowden, who collected 377 profession wins and two nationwide championships throughout his 40 years as a significant faculty coach, introduced he was affected by a terminal sickness — his son, Terry Bowden, later confirmed it was pancreatic cancer — on July 21. 

In his terminal-illness announcement, Bowden mentioned he was “at peace.” 

“I’ve all the time tried to serve God’s function for my life, on and off the sector, and I’m ready for what’s to come back,” Bowden instructed the Tallahassee Democrat “My spouse, Ann, and our household have been life’s best blessing. I’m at peace.”

Bowden turned Florida State soccer right into a nationwide powerhouse throughout his 34-year tenure in Tallahassee. The Seminoles gained 12 ACC titles beneath Bowden, including nationwide championships in 1993 and 1999. For 14-straight seasons (1987-2000) Bowden helped FSU end within the AP high 5. 

Along with FSU, Bowden coached at Samford and West Virginia. He retired in 2009.

This is a number of the love the college football world has proven Bowden since information of his dying was introduced.

Louisiana-Monroe coach Terry Bowden, Bobby’s son, wrote on Twitter he was “touched” by the assist FSU followers have proven since his father’s passing. 

Below Bowden, former FSU star Deion Sanders grew to become one in every of faculty soccer’s most feared defensive backs. Sanders earned the Thorpe award, given to the nation’s finest defensive again, in 1988. The previous two-time consensus All-American was additionally eighth in Heisman in voting in 1988.   

Derrick Brooks gained two consensus All-American honors and a nationwide championship (1993) whereas enjoying for Bowden at FSU. FSU retired Brooks’ No. 10 jersey in 2010.    

Warrick Dunn additionally performed on the Seminoles’ 1993 championship workforce, a season through which he earned freshman All-America honors. Bowden helped Dunn develop into the 1995 Sugar Bowl MVP and this system’s first ever rusher to clear 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.   

Bowden coached Wayne Messam from 1993-96, profitable a nationwide title within the vast receiver’s freshman season. Messam is now the mayor of Miramar, Florida, a place he is held since 2015.     

Bowden led the Seminoles in lots of thrilling video games in opposition to rival Miami, each of which rose to nationwide prominence within the Eighties. Howard Schnellenberger, the Canes’ former coach, additionally died this 12 months.  

 Bowden additionally led FSU in basic battles in opposition to the Florida Gators, ending with a 17-18- document in opposition to the Gators.  

A number of legendary, nationwide championship profitable coaches reacted to Bowden’s dying as effectively, together with Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, City Meyer and Mack Brown.

Bowden coached West Virginia from 1970 to 1975, profitable the Peach Bowl in his remaining season in Morgantown.   

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