Bobby Bowden Quotes

I guess I’ll retire someday if I live that long. ~ Bobby Bowden.

There’s only about 6 inches that turns that halo into a noose. ~ Bobby Bowden.

The heck with political correctness. I’ve never believed in it. ~ Bobby Bowden.

A boy needs a male figure, and the girls do, too. Somebody to discipline them and make them be a man. ~ Bobby Bowden.

Football has always been a big part of my life. Almost from the day I was born, playing and coaching football were all I really ever wanted to do. ~ Bobby Bowden.

He doesn’t know the meaning of the word fear, but then again he doesn’t know the meaning of most words. ~ Bobby Bowden.

Don’t go to the grave with life unused. ~ Bobby Bowden.

If somebody mistreats you, treat ’em good. That kills ’em. ~ Bobby Bowden.

The greatest mistake is to continue to practice a mistake. ~ Bobby Bowden.

After you retire, there’s only one big event left….and I ain’t ready for that. ~ Bobby Bowden.

He who gets the best players usually wins. ~ Bobby Bowden.

You can live by biblical principles, and you can teach by those principles and still be a winner. So many coaches think you’ve got to kick your players in the rear end. You’ve got to cuss them out. You’ve got to hit them across the head. No. You don’t have to do that. ~ Bobby Bowden.

People that are brilliant and successful, we think they’ve just always been that way. That’s not the case. Most of them have had some tough adversity in their life. It’s prepared them. I’ve never felt like you could develop character without adversity. ~ Bobby Bowden.

There’s a saying in my business that there are two kinds of coaches – those who have been fired and those who haven’t been fired yet. That’s kind of like prostate cancer. Every man will have it if he lives long enough. ~ Bobby Bowden.

During my last days at Florida State, 65 to 70 percent of my boys did not have a daddy at home. They’re raised by mommas. Thank God for them mommas, or grandmommas. Or big sister or aunt. ~ Bobby Bowden.

Courage is doing something you need to do that might get you hurt. ~ Bobby Bowden.

A better ending could not have been scripted. Of course, if we had won, that would have been better. ~ Bobby Bowden.

Do I think God is going to win football games? Oh no. I never prayed to God to help us win a game. I would pray for the safety of the players. I would pray that they would do their best. I think God will answer that. ~ Bobby Bowden.

I really believe God called on me to coach, and that is the reason I stayed in it for so long. ~ Bobby Bowden.

Even though I retired from coaching, I still believe that is my calling. ~ Bobby Bowden.

Integrity makes my job easier. It’s deception and dishonesty that requires so much diligent effort. ~ Bobby Bowden.

I was always going to church with my mom, dad and sister. I was literally raised under the godly influence both at home and church. There was no alcohol and no smoking at our house. That was the way a Bowden was supposed to live. My dad always told me to represent the Bowden name in a respectful manner. ~ Bobby Bowden.

I’ve never made football my priority. My priorities are my faith and my dependence on God. ~ Bobby Bowden.

A guy’s who has all the money he needs and never faced any hard times, he won’t have any character. But when you’ve had it tough and you’ve had it rough and you thought you were at the end of the rope and you work your way out of it, that’s the way you build character. ~ Bobby Bowden.

Something has to happen that you can’t coach. ~ Bobby Bowden.

Faith is the most important thing in the world to me. It’s the greatest strength I’ve had. It’s helped me get through the hard times. You’re not going to win every one of your football games. I’ve always said I’m not going to make football my god. A lot of coaches put so much into coaching football games that they have nothing left. ~ Bobby Bowden.

I won’t miss coaching. What you miss is that camaraderie with those boys and the other coaches. You miss that. ~ Bobby Bowden.

Discipline to me is sacrifice; it’s willingness to give up something you want to do, so you can better yourself. ~ Bobby Bowden.

I am praying for a misdemeanor. ~ Bobby Bowden.

The thing that drives most coaches out of coaching in college is they get tired of the grind of recruiting. ~ Bobby Bowden.

All my life, I’ve been right next to a football field. I never knew nothing else. ~ Bobby Bowden.

To have the kind of year you want to have, something has to happen that you can’t explain why it happened. Something has to happen that you can’t coach. ~ Bobby Bowden.

Sportsmanship to me is going out and playing as hard as you can within the rules. ~ Bobby Bowden.

The Bible is big in my teaching. It’s a wonder the ACLU didn’t get after me pretty good. I really kept thinking they would. I took my boys to church. I took my football team to church. I only did it two times a year. Before I signed a kid, I’d write the parents and I’d tell that parent we were going to take your son to church twice. ~ Bobby Bowden.

Son, you’ve got a good engine, but your hands aren’t on the steering wheel. ~ Bobby Bowden.


About Bobby Bowden

Bobby Bowden full name was Robert Cleckler Bowden and he was a college football coach in the United States.

Bowden coached the Florida State Seminoles of Florida State University (FSU) and is regarded as one of the finest college football coaches of all time.


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