Thesis Statement: College Football fans around the nation recognize Bobby Bowden as one of the most inspirational and game changing coaches of all time.
I. Imagine how it would feel to be widely recognized not only as a great coach, but also as a mentor to so many young athletes. (Attention Getter)
II. Coach Bowden had a career and a personality that coaches, players, and fans all admired whether he was winning or losing on the field.
III. To really appreciate the impact Coach Bowden had on college football in general, you really need to know where his career started. (Thesis)
IV. Today, I’ll talk about Coach Bowden’s early career, his career at Florida State, and his personal life. (Preview)
Transition: So, where did Coach Bowden’s career begin?
I. Bobby’s career started as an assistant football coach and head track coach at Howard College in 1954, which is now called Samford University. (Seminoles, Bobby Bowden)
A. Bobby also graduated from Howard College in 1953 so he was coaching for a school he was familiar with.
1. He left Howard College and coached at South Georgia College for a short time, eventually returning to Howard and leading them to a 31-6 record between 1959 and 1962. (Augusta Sports, Two Top Coaches)
2. In 1962, Bobby made his first appearance at Florida State as an assistant coach under Head Coach Bill Peterson.
a. Two other coaching legends who worked under Coach Peterson during this time were Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs.
b. Bobby eventually left Florida State in 1965
Transition: You may be wondering why Bobby left Florida State but it was because he was next in line for a head coaching job at West Virginia University.
B. Bobby took over as the West Virginia University head coach in 1969. (Seminoles, Bobby Bowden)
1. During the first year of Bobby’s career at WVU, the other top tier football program in the state, Marshall University, experienced a tragic plane crash which killed most of their team and coaching staff.
a. In honor of the crash victims, WVU wore green crosses with the initials “MU” on their helmets.
b. Bobby allowed Marshall’s new head coach to watch his game film and allowed him to have full access to his playbook to help Marshall get back on their feet.
2. That shows what kind of a guy Bobby is, But he ended up returning to FSU as head coach in 1969.
Transition: But why exactly did Bobby come back to FSU?
II. Bobby claims the main reason was that he was closer to his family who lived in Alabama.
A. FSU was only supposed to be a temporary position for him until he could land a job at the University of Alabama.
1. FSU had a 4-29 record in the three seasons prior to Bobby’s arrival.
2. He eventually got FSU on track and denied head coaching jobs from Alabama, Auburn, and the Atlanta Falcons.
Transition: FSU was a dominate team throughout the 90’s
B. From 1987-2000 FSU finished in the top 5 and had at least 10 wins every season.
1. He led FSU to national championship victories in 1993 and 1999 and FSU is one of 2 teams (besides USC who had the win revoked) to go wire to wire at the number 1 spot in the polls.
a. He won 12 ACC championships since FSU joined the ACC in 1992 and since 1992 no other school has had as many conference titles (Augusta, Two Top Coaches)
b. He coached 2 Heisman Trophy winners and 24 of his players have been named All Americans.
c. Bobby is also the second most winningest coach of all time and the only coach in front of him is Joe Paterno from Penn State.
Transition: These were just a few of the accomplishments he had at FSU. Bobby was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and he credited much of his success to his wife.
III. Bobby married his high school sweetheart Ann and has 6...