Bobby Bowden
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"Robert Cleckler" ""Bobby"" "Bowden" is a retired American football coach. He coached the Florida State Seminoles football/Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. During his time at Florida State, Bowden led FSU to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll 1994 Orange Bowl/National Title in 1993 Florida State Seminoles football team/1993 and a Bowl Championship Series/BCS 2000 Sugar Bowl/National Championship in 1999 Florida State Seminoles football team/1999, as well as twelve Atlantic Coast Conference List of Atlantic Coast Conference football champions/championships since FSU joined the conference in 1991. After a difficult 2009 season and amid questioning fans, Bowden was fired by FSU President T.K. Wetherell, just weeks after his 80th birthday. But he was allowed to make his final coaching appearance in the 2010 Gator Bowl game on January 1, 2010, with a 33–21 victory over his former program, 2009 West Virginia Mountaineers football team/West Virginia.

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I've always said it takes more courage to stand back there and throw a ball knowing you're fixing to get drilled than anything I can think of in football.

To have the kind of year you want to have, something has to happen that you can't explain why it happened, ... Something has to happen that you can't coach.

I guess I'll retire someday if I live that long.

Well, (Ann) brought a tree and bought Christmas packages for the whole world, and what she didn't buy, she charged. I'm the only one to lose money at a bowl.

He who gets the best players usually wins.

I am an exhibit. Joe is exhibit A. There's a game somewhere. Penn State and Florida State are playing. We're just an exhibit.

I am Exhibition B. Joe is Exhibition A. That's all we are. There's a game in there somewhere -- Penn State and Florida State are playing.

I thought Joe was gonna tackle the dad-gum horse. I was gonna tell him, 'Go high on him, don't go low.' I remember Joe running out there and getting upset about that.

He died right after he retired, and seeing that made me feel more conscious of a man needing a motive to live. If I ever got out of coaching, I would have to get a job somewhere, or I'm afraid I'd wilt on the vine, too.