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Iconic Florida State coach Bobby Bowden passes away at age 91

The death of a legend.

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Bobby Bowden
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The Florida State football family has absorbed some tough losses in 2021, but they pale in comparison to today’s tragic news that former head coach Bobby Bowden has died at the age of 91.

Bowden was a college football iconoclast who took over the reins at FSU in 1976 and led the Seminoles through the 2009 season. He was a primary figure in ushering in the high-powered offensive attacks that now pervade the college landscape. In his 34 years at Florida State, Bowden took what was a middling ’Nole program to the ranks of the college football elite, punctuated by national championships in 1993 and 1999. His 346 career wins are the second-most in FBS history.

A transcendent personality known for his disarming wit in addition to his wisdom, Bowden has been respected and admired by countless across not only NCAA football, but sports — and even broader society — in general.

He battled COVID-19 in 2020, emerging from the battle weakened but victorious. After taking a few years away from the program, he returned a familiar face and presence, notably planting the spear vs. NC State in 2013.

“I’ve always tried to serve God’s purpose for my life, on and off the field, and I am prepared for what is to come,” Bowden said in July 2021 after being diagnosed with a terminal disease. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessing. I am at peace.”

Tomahawk Nation will continue to update this story as it develops.