Bobby Bowden Biography, Age, Family, Education, Wife, Kids and Net Worth

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Who is Bobby Bowden?

Robert Checkler Bowden (Bobby Bowden) is a retired football coach. He is well known for coaching the Florida State Seminoles football team from 1976 to 2009.

Bobby Bowden’s Achievements

Bobby is referred to as one of the greatest college football coaches of all time for his achievements with the Seminoles. At his time at Florida State, Bobby guided FSU to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Title in 1993. Also a BCS National Championship in 1999, together with twelve Atlantic Coast Conference championships when FSU joined the conference in 1991.

His Seminoles finished as an AP top-5 team for 14 consecutive seasons, setting a record that doubled the closest program. The program however weakened during the mid-2000s, and after his 80th birthday, Bobby was fired by President T.K. Wetherell after a difficult 2009 season. Bobby’s final coaching appearance was in the 2010 Gator Bowl game on January 1, 2010, with a 333-21 victory over his former program, West Virginia.

Bobby’s last part of his career was in an exceedingly race with Joe Paterno to become the winningest NCAA Division I college football coach of all time. The two coaches overtook each other throughout the 2000s, with just a game apart before the 2008 college football season. Despite this on March 6, 2009, an NCAA ruling required Florida State to ”vacate wins for any games during which an ineligible player participated”. This threatened to remove as many as fourteen of Bowden’s wins from the 2006 and 2007 seasons in relation to an academic scandal.

Although the Florida State appealed the ruling, the NCAA upheld it on January 5, 2010. Bobby’s final career record moved to 377-129-4, becoming second to Paterno’s final tally of 409 wins. This happened after the final investigation by Florida State University determined that he was to vacate 12 wins.

A photo of Bobby Bowden
A photo of Bobby Bowden

Bobby Bowden’s Age

Robert Cleckler Bowden is aged 91 as of 2021 having been born on November 8, 1929, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Bobby Bowden’s Family

Bobby Bowden’s Parents

Robert was born in Birmingham, Alabama, as the son of Bob Bowden and Sunset Bowden. The family was blessed with two children, a son, and a daughter.

Bobby Bowden’s Siblings

Robert Bowden was born in the family with one sibling, a sister, namely Marion Bowden.

Bobby Bowden’s Education

Bowden attended Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, where he was an outstanding football player. He later joined the University of Alabama before transferring to Howard College, (now referred to as Samford University). He graduated from Howard College in 1953.

Bobby Bowden’s Interests

Bobby grew an interest in World War II lasting throughout his life while confined to his bed. This was after he was diagnosed with rheumatic fever at the age of 13. He also had a great interest in football as he was an outstanding football player in high school.

He was also a player of football in University as a quarterback, fulfilling a lifelong dream to play for the Crimson Tide. This was as well as playing baseball and running track. Bobby was recognized for his academic and athletic leadership. Bowden is a committed Christian in his religion.

Bobby Bowden’s Wife

Robert Bowden married his childhood lover and sweetheart, Julia Ann Estock in 1949.

Bobby Bowden’s Children

Bobby and his wife, Ann raised six children and 21 grandchildren. He has three sons who also became coaches, namely Tommy, Terry, and Jeff Bowden. The other three kids are one daughter, Ginger Bowden Madden, and two sons, Steve Bowden and Robyn Bowden Hines.

Some of his grandchildren are Lauren Bowden, Terry Bowden Jr., Jordan Bowden, Erin Bowden, Tera Bowden, Ryan Bowden, Cori Bowden, Jamie Bowden.

Bobby Bowden Lives In?

Robert Bobby and his wife, Ann currently live in their cream-colored brick house in Tallahassee, Florida since 1976.

Bobby Bowden’s Height

Bobby’s height and body measurements and weight are unknown for now.

Bobby Bowden’s Net Worth

Bowden is one of the wealthiest Football Coaches in the world, his net worth has accumulated to $1.5 million as of 2021.