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Little Rock Touchdown Club speaker Bobby Bowden’s testimony (Part 4) jh27

2010 idllewild baptist church bobby bowden FSU head coach speaking sermon

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2010 exciting Idlewild baptist church Bobby Bowden guest speaker FSU head coach speaking sermon pastor ken whiten talks about faith in Jesus Christ, God. small story about his mom.


When I attended the Little Rock Touchdown Club on September 12, 2011 I thought that I  something may have to do with Bobby Bowden’s testimony and sure enough he started off with a story about him being a Southern Baptist. However, he did not go into details about his faith in Christ. Here I am posting those details:

CBN.com – Bobby Bowden is a coaching legend. His name is synonymous with success. He’s the all-time winningest coach in Division One history, and he’s directed the Florida State University Seminoles to two national championships. 

But he says the defining moment in his life came before his coaching career even began, when he rededicated his life to Jesus Christ.

“When I recommitted my life, my whole thinking was…God I’m making myself available to You. I think You’ve led me into coaching. I think this is what You want me to do, God,” he remembers.

And unashamedly, Coach Bowden has been using football at the stadium as a pulpit to witness to young men for the last 53 years.

“You know, that’s all I’ve done over the last 50 years is make it available, and you can’t believe the boys that have called me 20 to 30 years later.”

According to Bowden, his former players have said, “Coach I’m so glad you did this. I’m so glad you said that.”

“You can’t imagine how many boys I’ve coached here that become ministers. That has to be just as satisfying as winning a football game,” he says. “All we got to do is present it. We ain’t gonna save nobody. But He will, and all He asks us to do is to present it.”

Talk to players, coaches, and the people who work most closely with Bobby Bowden over the years, and the thing you hear over and over again is how much he genuinely cares for people.

“As a coach, he’s had a big influence on my life. He hired me because I was a player here. Bobby showed a lot to me by example as a leader — dependability and accountability,” says defensive line coach, Odell Haggins.

“He’s like a second father to me. He’s been so gracious to my family and I forever,” adds former assistant coach, Chuck Amato. “I’ve often said Coach Bowden is a sermon in shoes. What he says and what he preaches, he follows up. He treats the custodian that cleans the commode in his office just as well as he treats the president of the university. He sees no class in people. He sees no difference in race. He treats everybody kind and with respect.”

He’s fair, but tough — much like a general. In fact, had he not gone into coaching, Bowden said he probably would’ve chosen the military as a career.

“I was raised during World War II. So I became very interested in the military.”

“A lot of those skills and strategies carry over. I get a lot of sayings out of it. Some things that General Patton or Stonewall Jackson said, I can use and you’d be amazed at how much the strategy is alike,” says Coach Bowden.

Coach says one attribute that should carry over whether it’s the battlefield or the football field is character — a trait that he instills in his players.

“I’m one of those guys that thinks if you don’t have adversity, forget about character. Because your character is going to be developed by how well you handle adversity,” he says. “Now if you never have adversity, how are you going to develop character?”

And it’s through his own adversity Coach Bowden’s character shines. He’s been criticized for giving second chances to players who break team rules.  But Coach says God extended grace to him and when given the opportunity, he’ll do the same.

“I was a boy myself one time. If someone had not forgiven me for some of the things I had done, I would never have made it. So I’m coaching these young men, and I know what they go through and the temptations they’re faced with.” 

“They’re going to make mistakes. I made them! I still do! But if it’s up to me, and I’ve got a chance to save someone, and it’s the first time they’ve done something like this … I’m going to give them a second chance.”

And he uses those opportunities to be a positive influence in his players’ lives.

“I believe young men need a male in the home. Young boys raised need a male figure in the home. It’s not what most of them got … somebody to discipline them,” he believes. “I take them to church, have bible reading with them, and pray at supper. I think that myself and the staff add a lot.”

The landscape of college football has changed since Bowden arrived on the scene. A lot of coaches have come and gone. But Coach Bowden has had success with a simple philosophy. 

“When I put everything in God’s hands, I don’t have to worry about anything. I don’t have to worry about winning ballgames. I want to. I want to win as much as anybody does, but I don’t have to worry about this. I know that when I die, I live eternally with my God, so the pressure’s off!”



Bobby Bowden’s health announcement Sept 13, 2011

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden

By Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel7:13 a.m. EDT, September 13, 2011
TALLAHASSEE – According to USA Today, former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is expected to tell ABC’s “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning that he had prostate cancerwhile he was coaching in 2007, and that he kept his medical condition a secret out of fear of dirty recruiting tactics.In its editions that hit newsstands and Gannett Company newspapers Tuesday morning, Bowden told the USA Today that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer early in 2007, and that a former player treated him that spring. Since undergoing the low-dose radioactive procedure, he has been cancer-free.

“I did not understand the significance of prostate cancer back then,” Bowden said in an interview with USA Today. “What I knew was when something like that happens to a coach and your opponents find out about it, the first thing they say is ‘Don’t go to Florida State. Coach Bowden is about to die.’

“If I knew then what I know now, I would have considered it my moral duty to bring it out in the open.”

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Bowden, 81, will sit down with “Good Morning America” around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. Part of his appearance is to help promote On The Line, a national prostate cancer education initiative of which he has become a spokesman.

On Monday night, news of his “GMA” appearance was first reported by a Tallahassee television news anchor.

According to WTXL’s Anne Imanuel’s @AnneImanuel Twitter account, Bowden was “scheduled to make an ‘emotional’ announcement on @GMA (Tuesday) morning.” A second tweet read: “Just spoke to an @GMA producer. The Bobby Bowden ‘emotional announcement’ won’t be released until (Tuesday) AM but it concerns his health.”

In an email to the Sentinel shortly after midnight Tuesday morning, Bowden’s publicist, Kimberly Shiff, said the information on Bowden was supposed to be embargoed until Tuesday morning.

While the news caused an uproar on Twitter, FSU fans chimed in with their concerns that something was wrong with Bowden. Some members of the FSU media tried to calm their fears, saying that the announcement had nothing to do with Bowden’s current health, but that it was important.

Bowden told USA Today that urologist Joe Camps, a captain from his first FSU team in 1976, performed the procedure.

“Bobby is not real big on sharing things that are wrong with him; he doesn’t want to admit he isn’t perfect,” his wife, Ann, told USA Today. She lost her father and a sister to cancer, the USA Today said.

“Bobby has always been so healthy and active,” she continued. “This was not expected.”

When he learned of his diagnosis in Jan. 2007, Bowden’s first thoughts settled on his FSU family.

“My mind was on two things,” Bowden told USA Today. “The press will have you on the front page about to die, and opponents will say ‘Bobby is already 77 years old and he has cancer.’”

In order to pull off the procedure in secret, Camps told USA Today the group made up a fictitious name for Bowden and snuck him into a secure part of the hospital around midnight the night the procedure was performed.

The retired coach has been busy lately.

According to ArkansasSports360.com, Bowden was in Little Rock, Ark. on Monday to speak to the Little Rock Touchdown Club. While there, it was announced that he had just been named to the coaches advisory committee for the Frank Broyles Award, the website reported. Broyles apparently invited him out there for the engagement.

The award goes to the nation’s top assistant coach every year. Bowden’s former defensive coordinator, Mickey Andrews, won the first Broyles Award.

Bowden has found himself in the news recently for other reasons.

In addition to an autograph session at a landmark Tallahassee store last Friday ahead of the Seminoles’ second game of the season against Charleston Southern, he was in Gainesville the previous Saturday to announce the creation of a new college football all-star game.

Bowden was attending Florida’s season-opener against Florida Atlantic to hold a news conference about a game he and fellow coaching icon Howard Schnellenberger were heading. Schnellenberger is in his final season at FAU, but he originally made a name for himself as Miami‘s head coach in the 1980s, when his Hurricanes and Bowden’s Seminoles had their share of epic rivalry games.

There was an uproar about Bowden’s appearance there, too, as some FSU fans questioned why he was in Gainesville for a rival’s opening game, instead of at FSU at the field that bears his name. He has said since stepping away from the sport in Jan. 2010 that he wishes to build a buffer between he and FSU, and that he doesn’t want to get in the way of current coach Jimbo Fisher.

Bowden spent 34 seasons coaching the Seminoles before an emotional, rocky and rather dramatic exit from football following the 2009 season. Since being replaced by Fisher, Bowden has spent his time traveling the world giving speeches and promoting a book.

In 1993 and ’99, Bowden led the Seminoles to their only national titles.

On Saturday, the No. 5 Seminoles, under Fisher’s guidance, are hosting No. 1 Oklahoma in what is being billed as one of the biggest games to ever occur at Doak Campbell Stadium. It is the first time the nation’s current No. 1 team has visited the stadium since Florida did in 1996.

The last team not from Florida to bring a top-5 ranking to Tallahassee was Dan Marino‘s No. 4 Pittsburgh team in 1980. Marino later went on to have a 16-year Hall of Fame career for the Miami Dolphins.

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