Bobby Bowden | Career in pictures

  • The Bowden family is shown in this 1972 photo in their home in Morgantown, W. Va. Front row, from left are: Jeffrey, 12; Mrs. Ann Bowden; Steve, 20; and West Virginia University football coach Bobby Bowden. Back row, from left: Tommy, 18; Robyn, 21; Ginger, 10; and Terry, 16. FILE PHOTO / HO

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is shown in a November 1983 photo as he jokes with then-University of Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger during a mock boxing match prior to their teams' meeting in Tallahassee. DONN DUGHI / FILE PHOTO

  • FSU coach Bobby Bowden shares a laugh with star running back Warrick Dunn on a hot Tallahassee afternoon during team photos as part of the Florida State Seminoles' Media and Picture Day held Sunday, Aug. 18, 1996. ALAN D. BYRD

  • Wayne Messam hugs coach Bobby Bowden in the final seconds of the game as FSU beat UM 34-16 on Oct. 12, 1996. C.W. GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • FSU coach Bobby Bowden hits a putt during a golf tournament held by the Seminole Club of Broward County at the Hillcrest Country Club in Hollywood on April 17, 1997. J. ALBERT DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • FSU coach Bobby Bowden and center Kevin Long embrace after Florida State won the Sugar Bowl 31-14 over Ohio State on Jan. 1, 1998, at the Superdome in New Orleans. DAVE MARTIN / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden leaves the field after a bowl game against Maryland at then-Pro Player Stadium. JOE RIMKUS JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Then-FSU receiver Peter Warrick, left, and coach Bobby Bowden share a moment as the Seminoles began practice Dec. 12, 1998 in preparation for the Fiesta Bowl. PHIL COALE / AP

  • FSU coach Bobby Bowden waves to fans as he leaves the field after a win against Florida on Nov. 20, 1999 in Gainesville. DAVID BERGMAN / MIAMI HERALD FILE

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, left, and quarterback Chris Weinke (16) put on their best smiles for a team photo during Media Day on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in Tallahassee. MARK FOLEY / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, left, jokes with his son, Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, prior to kickoff of their game Saturday, Nov. 4, in Tallahassee. MARK FOLEY / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden greets his son, Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, at Doak Campbell Stadium before a game Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000 in Tallahassee. DON FRAZIER / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden waves his hat to fans as he leaves the field after a 30-7 win against Florida at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000. SCOTT AUDETTE / AP

  • Florida State's Bobby Bowden, University of Florida's Steve Spurrier and Florida Atlantic University's Howard Schnellenberger show off their championship rings during a photo shoot for the Miami Herald's football season preview on July 29, 2001. CHARLES TRAINOR JR. / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • FSU coach Bobby Bowden wipes sweat from his eye during the fourth quarter against North Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina upset No. 6 Florida State 41-9. BOB JORDAN / AP

  • With a bust of legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant on a shelf behind him, Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden reflects on a question about Bryant's record during a media interview Wednesday, July 10, 2002, in Tallahassee. PHIL COALE / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden and University of Miami coach Larry Coker greet each other at midfield before the start of their game on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. AL DIAZ / STAFF FILE PHOTO

  • FSU coach Bobby Bowden leaves the field after a game against Florida on Nov. 30, 2002 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden speaks during Sugar Bowl Media Day on Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, in Tallahassee. Florida State faced Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. MARK T. FOLEY / AP

  • Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is doused with water after a 48-24 win over Wake Forest, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, in Tallahassee. PHIL COALE / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden complains about a call during the second quarter against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003. JOE RAYMOND / AP

  • Miami coach Larry Coker, right, and Florida State coach Bobby Bowden pose for a picture during the Florida football coaches annual meeting at the Florida Sports Writers Football Media Days in Orlando on Sunday, July 25, 2004. PETER COSGROVE / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden walks the sideline during a 17-10 win over North Carolina State on Nov. 11, 2004, at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C. GRANT HALVERSON / GETTY IMAGES

  • University of Miami head coach Larry Coker, left, and Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden meet at midfield prior to the start of a game, Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, in Tallahassee. PHIL COALE / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden paces at midfield as his players stretch prior to the kickoff against Maryland on Oct. 29, 2005 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. JIMMY DEFLIPPO / U.S. PRESSWIRE

  • Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden, left, talks with his father, Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, before the start of their game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. EMILY HOROS / STR

  • FSU coach Bobby Bowden, left, and Penn State coach Joe Paterno pose for pictures during a press conference for the Orange Bowl game on Dec. 8, 2005. JOSHUA PREZANT / FREELANCER

  • Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden congratulates Florida coach Urban Meyer following the Gators' 21-14 victory at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006 in Tallahassee. DOUG BENC / GETTY IMAGES

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden speaks during an interview at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006. Bowden will be inducted into the College Hall of Fame along other members of the class of 2006 at the organization's 49th annual awards dinner in New York. KATHY WILLENS / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, right, and offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher share a moment during media day activities, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, in Tallahassee. PHIL COALE / AP

  • FSU coach Bobby Bowden walks off the field after a victory vs. Alabama on Sept. 29, 2007 in Jacksonville. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • UM coach Randy Shannon, left, meets coach Bobby Bowden after a a game Oct. 20, 2007 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • FSU coach Bobby Bowden watches his team while taking on the Florida Gators at Florida Field on Nov. 24, 2007 in Gainesville. MARC SEROTA / GETTY IMAGES

  • Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is interviewed during FSU Football Media Day at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008. STEPHEN M. DOWELL / ORLANDO SENTINEL

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, left, and Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe share a moment before the start of their game, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, in Tallahassee. PHIL COALE / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, right, congratulates cornerback Michael Ray Garvin after Garvin's kickoff return for a fourth-quarter touchdown against Colorado, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, in Jacksonville. PHIL COALE / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden celebrates on the sideline with players after a touchdown against Colorado at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. STEPHEN M. DOWELL / MCT

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is all smiles as he holds his 79th birthday cake after his 41-27 win against Clemson on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, in Tallahassee. STEVE CANNON / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, left, argues a call with head linesman Tyrone Davis during the first half against Maryland in College Park, Md., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008. ROB CARR / AP

  • In this Nov. 29, 2008 file photo, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden watches the clock as time runs out during a game against Florida in Tallahassee. DON EDGAR

  • Florida coach Urban Meyer and Florida State coach Bobby Bowden meet at midfield after the Gators' 45-12 victory at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008. FILE PHOTO

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, center, celebrates with players after their 42-13 victory against Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. GARY W. GREEN / ORLANDO SENTINEL

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden watches his team play against Wisconsin during the first half of the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. JOHN RAOUX / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, center, and defensive end Benjamin Lampkin hold the championship trophy after defeating Wisconsin 42-13 in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. JOHN RAOUX / STF

  • Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden speaks to the media during the ACC Kickoff college football media day in Greensboro, N.C., Monday, July 27, 2009. CHUCK BURTON / AP

  • Florida State University head football coach Bobby Bowden watches his players as they go through drills on the first day of practice, Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, in Tallahassee. PHIL COALE / AP

  • Miami coach Randy Shannon, left, and Florida State coach Bobby Bowden meet prior to their teams' NCAA college football game Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, in Tallahassee. STEVE CANNON / AP

  • University of Miami coach Randy Shannon and Florida State coach Bobby Bowden embrace following the Hurricanes' 38-34 victory over the No. 18 Seminoles on Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, front left, pleads his case to an official during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Jacksonville State, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, in Tallahassee. Florida State won 19-9. PHIL COALE / AP

  • Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden reacts to a call on the field during the second half against Boston College during an NCAA college football game at Alumni Stadium in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009. GREG M. COOPER / AP

  • Florida State wide receivers Rod Owens puts his arm around head coach Bobby Bowden before the start of the Seminoles' game against Georgia Tech during an NCAA football game at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. STEPHEN M. DOWELL / ORLANDO SENTINEL

  • Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden checks out the scoreboard during a game against North Carolina at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009. The Seminoles won 30-27. JACOB LANGSTON / ORLANDO SENTINEL

  • Florida State's head coach Bobby Bowden, right, meets with North Carolina State's head coach Tom O'Brien at midfield before an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009 in Tallahassee. STEVE CANNON / AP

  • Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden checks the scoreboard during the third quarter against North Carolina State in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Tallahassee. The Seminoles rallied to win 45-42. STEVE CANNON / AP

  • Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is congratulated as he leaves the field after the Seminoles defeated North Carolina State 45-42, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. STEPHEN M. DOWELL / ORLANDO SENTINEL

  • Florida State's head coach Bobby Bowden watches from the sidelines during the first half of their NCAA college football game against Clemson Saturday, Oct. 7, 2009, at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. MARY ANN CHASTAIN / AP

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden looks on during the second half against Wake Forest in an NCAA college football game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. Florida State won 41-28. CHUCK BURTON / AP

  • Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, right, shakes hands with Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden during a pregame ceremony honoring Andrews' retirement prior to the start of an NCAA college football game against Maryland, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, in Tallahassee. Andrews is retiring after 26 years as Florida State's defensive coordinator. PHIL COALE / AP

  • Florida's Urban Myer, left, meets with Florida State's Bobby Bowden, right, prior to their teams meeting during an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Saturday, Nov., 28, 2009. PHIL SANDLIN / AP

  • Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, left, walks the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida in Gainesville, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. Florida won 37-10. PHELAN M. EBENHACK / AP

  • Florida State's Bobby Bowden, right, congratulates Florida coach Urban Meyer after Florida defeated Florida State 37-10 during an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. PHIL SANDLIN / AP

  • Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, left, talks with Florida State coach Bobby Bowden following Florida's' 37-10 victory in an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. GARY W. GREEN / ORLANDO SENTINEL

  • Florida State coach Bobby Bowden leaves the field after a 37-10 loss to Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. STEPHEN M. DOWELL / ORLANDO SENTINEL