TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Bobby Bowden, the dilapidated Florida Insist football coach who led the Seminoles to two nationwide titles, received the inaugural Florida Medal of Freedom at a ceremony Wednesday hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Bowden, 91, is one of college football’s winningest coaches. He coached Florida Insist from 1976 to 2009, profitable nationwide titles in 1993 and 1999.
“I love you giving me this honor. I may adore it the relaxation of my life,” Bowden acknowledged after the governor and other audio system hailed him for his work no longer most effective as a coach but as a mentor to the hundreds of younger males he assembled for his groups.
The grunt’s medal of freedom recognizes “any one that has made and especially meritorious contribution to the curiosity in residents of the grunt and culture public and private endeavor.”
Bowden left Florida Insist beneath a cloud in consequence of of a tutorial cheating scandal that introduced on the NCAA to strip the team of a number of victories.