Samford To Dedicate Football Field To Bobby Bowden At Family Weekend

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Samford University will officially name the field in F. Page Seibert Stadium as Bobby Bowden Field at the Bulldogs’ Sept. 25 home game against ETSU, the university announced Wednesday.
 
“Although Bobby Bowden is perhaps best known for his amazing coaching career, he is also known in the Samford community as a devoted family man and a person of deep Christian faith,” Samford University President Dr. Beck Taylor said. “We want to honor Coach Bowden’s exemplary character and his love for all things Samford with the naming of Bobby Bowden Field. We are proud to link our football program with his enduring legacy.”
 
Members of Bowden’s family, including his wife, Ann, will be on hand at the game for the dedication. The official dedication will take place at halftime of the ETSU game. A “Bobby Bowden Field” sign has been added to the front of the Bashinsky Press Tower. This marks the second time an addition to the stadium has been made in Bowden’s honor. A statue of the legendary coach was placed outside the east gate of the stadium in 2013.

“What Bobby Bowden has meant to Samford University is immeasurable,” Director of Athletics Martin Newton said. “He was always one of our university’s greatest ambassadors, and we are excited to be able to honor him with the naming of Bobby Bowden Field at Seibert Stadium. We are also honored that members of the Bowden family can be here for this special occasion. Their presence will make this day mean even more to our entire university.”
 
Bowden, who passed away in August, was a Samford University (then Howard College) graduate and was a standout on the football team from 1949 to 1952. As a quarterback, he earned Little All-America honors following his senior season.
 
Bowden later returned to his alma mater as its head football coach in 1959. He stayed through the 1962 season, posting a 31-6 record, and his .838 winning percentage is still the highest of any head coach in program history.
 
After serving as an assistant coach at Florida State and West Virginia, Bowden was hired as the head coach at West Virginia in 1970 and served in that role until 1975. In his time in charge of the WVU program, he accumulated a 42-26 record.
 
In 1976, Bowden began his legendary run as the head coach at Florida State. During his time with the Seminoles, Bowden won 304 games, and he led the program to the 1993 and 1999 national titles. Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006, and he was a member of the inaugural Samford Athletics Hall of Fame class in 2017.
 
For his long head coaching career, Bowden won an astounding 377 games, 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships and two national titles. His 377 wins are the second most in NCAA Division I-FBS history.
 
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