September 18, 2013
Statue of Legendary Coach Bobby Bowden To Be Unveiled at Samford Saturday, Sept. 21
The Samford University athletics department will unveil a statue of legendary coach Bobby Bowden prior to the Bulldogs' home football opener against Southeastern Louisiana Saturday, Sept. 21, at Seibert Stadium.
The statue, which will be placed outside the east entrance to Seibert Stadium, will be unveiled at 11 a.m.
Following the ceremony, Bowden and his wife, Ann, will lead the current Samford team in the Bulldog Walk, which is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. in the Samford Quad. Bowden will also perform the pre-game coin flip prior to Samford's game with Southeastern Louisiana, scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff.
Bowden, a Birmingham native, played at Samford (then Howard College) from 1950 until 1952, earning his degree in 1953. He won Little All-America honors in 1952. Bowden later returned to Samford as the school's head football coach from 1959 until 1962, posting a record of 31-6. His .838 winning percentage is Samford's all-time high.
Bowden later became the head coach at West Virginia, coaching the Mountaineers from 1970 to 1975. He had 42-26 record at West Virginia and led the program to two bowl appearances.
Bowden's greatest success came as the head coach of the Florida State Seminoles. He coached FSU from 1976 until 2009, winning 304 games, 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships (nine in a row) and two national championships. Bowden's FSU teams finished the season ranked in the top five in the Associated Press poll for 14-consecutive seasons.