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. Each coach’s shirt will also have a Bowden patch on one sleeve.
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. And in the south end zone, the Bowden logo will be placed over the archway behind the goal posts.
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“It was a collaborative effort. We want to make sure that we do it right,” FSU head coach Mike Norvell said Wednesday of the planning that went into 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 plays with what we’re doing. I’m just excited for who he was for this program and the opportunity we have to represent him.”
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. He died on Aug. 8 after battling pancreatic cancer.
Florida State opens its 2021 campaign by hosting Notre Dame on Sunday, Sept. 5.