Bobby Bowden, folksy coach of Florida State football dynasty, dies at 91

AP photo by Phil Coale / Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, right, squeezes into his seat for a team photo during media day on Aug. 12, 2007, in Tallahassee. Bowden, who built a dynasty as head coach of the Seminoles from 1976 to 2009, died Sunday at age 91.

Bobby Bowden did it all.

Not only did he put Florida State on the college football map by taking the Seminoles from afterthought to dynasty, he left an indelible mark on the game with a rare combination of coaching acumen, gracious demeanor and a compassion for those he coached and competed against.

The beloved, folksy Hall of Fame coach who built one of the most prolific programs of all time died early Sunday at 91 at his home in Tallahassee, surrounded by his wife Ann and their six children after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Terry Bowden, Bobby's son who is in his first season as Louisiana-Monroe's head coach, called his father's passing "truly peaceful."

And while he's gone, Bowden's legacy as a top-notch coach - and human being - will live on.

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