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Bobby Bowden wins football game and heart at Florida State University

Looking at the pristine green grass of Doak Campbell Stadium, it looked very peaceful and in a way cathartic.

It was August 2004 and my mother Lucy died about a week ago. When I received the call, I was in Tallahassee preparing for Media Day and the first practice at Florida State University. I hurried home, helped my sister and brother prepare the service, sent compliments, and came back. I hoped that the excitement of the beginning of the season would help heal.

Then I received a message that Bobby Bowden wanted to see me in his office.

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I especially remember that day. When Bowden sits behind a desk, which is an empty stadium to my right, I can still imagine facing Bowden. I remember the big screen where Bowden looks at the tape. Football on the shelves. Trophy, photos, books, military collectibles — Behind his faith, family, and football, the next most important thing in Bowden’s life was his passion for military history, including World War II helmets. The carved wooden Seminole heads behind Bowden’s desk and features a statue of a Native American Indian on a horse, a gift from Burt Reynolds.

Florida coach Bobby Bowden kissed his wife Anne at a press conference after a match against West Virginia University at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville after the final match on January 1, 2010. [Kelly Jordan, Florida Times-Union]

But what I remember most is the difference between our conversation and hundreds of other conversations with Borden. This wasn’t about football. This wasn’t the kind of question I’ve always asked since I first met Bowden in 1982. This is about life and the coach asked me about my mother — Who was she? What was her life like? What was his last day like? — And see how I was doing.

Bobby Bowden wins football game and heart at Florida State University

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