FSU to honor Bobby Bowden at anniversary celebration

Bobby Bowden will be honored at an anniversary celebration at Florida State this upcoming season.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will return to a Seminoles football game for the first time since he was forced to retire after the 2009 season.

Bowden, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006, will attend Florida State home games on Oct. 26 against NC State and Nov. 16 against Syracuse.

Florida State will honor Bowden and members of the 1993 national championship team during the game against Syracuse. This is the 20th anniversary of the Seminoles' first national title.

Bowden also guided Florida Stare to the 1999 national title.

He led the Seminoles to a 14-year run of top-5 finishes in the AP poll from 1987-2000.

Bowden had always said that it was too soon to return to a game in Tallahassee and that he didn't want to put pressure on coach Jimbo Fisher. But Bowden was inducted into the school's athletics hall of game in August and now will return to the field that bears his name.

“What Bobby Bowden means to Florida State University cannot be measured or overstated,” president Eric J. Barron said. “Words like respect, sincerity, class, honesty, charm and humor come to mind, along with his remarkable 33-year stellar record coaching our football team. We look forward with much enthusiasm and excitement to his return to the FSU campus.”

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