United in grief, paying respects, Florida politicos remember Bobby Bowden
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Bowden was about things that unite Floridians: faith, family, football, humanity.

In death, as in life, Bobby Bowden cut across divides of Florida to reveal what matters to Floridians regardless of partisan stripe: faith, family, football, sportsmanship, humanity, success.

The legendary coach’s death Sunday morning drew a quick outpouring of grief and payments of respect from Florida leaders across the spectrum, many through Twitter.

Among them:

Gov. Ron DeSantis:

“Coach Bobby Bowden lived a remarkable life and leaves an incomparable legacy. He created a dominating football program that produced championships and many great players. Coach Bowden also prepared his players to be leaders in their communities, and many have made a great impact across Florida and beyond. Most importantly, he lived his life guided by a strong faith in God, dedication to his family and service to his community. RIP to a truly great man and legendary Floridian, Coach Bobby Bowden.”

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio:

Coach Bowden was a great coach…..but an even better man The way he shaped young men & treated others was a powerful testimony of his faith in Jesus Christ And as I saw first hand, if he got into a recruits living room that recruit was going to @FSUFootball Rest in peace Coach.

U.S. Sen. and former Gov. Rick Scott:

Florida & @FloridaState have lost a legend. Ann & I are so sad to learn of Coach Bowden’s passing & are praying for Ann Bowden & their family. A man of deep faith & outstanding leader, his legacy will live on in the hearts & actions of countless students, coaches & young leaders.”

Attorney General Ashley Moody:

“Bobby Bowden was a great coach and an even better human being. He touched so many lives and made Floridians proud — he was our own. My heart goes out to his family, former players and fans across our state.”

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried:

“Our thoughts are with the entire @Seminoles community. RIP Coach Bowden.”

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis:

“As an FSU grad and lifelong Seminole fan, my family and I looked up to Coach Bowden as a giant among men, a visionary leader on and off the football field. RIP coach. While we mourn your passing, we’ll forever celebrate your life and honor your legacy. “

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis:

“The world has lost a man whose legacy on and off the field will never be forgotten. I have always admired Coach Bowden’s inspiring leadership, strength of character, unwavering faith, and grace under pressure. May his memory be eternal!”

U.S. Rep. and former Gov. Charlie Crist:

“Coach Bowden was a remarkable man and legend who embodied the true spirit of a Florida State Nole! My prayers are with the Bowden family today.”

U.S. Rep. Bryon Donalds:

The @FloridaState family lost one of its greatest today. Coach Bowden despite all of his success on the field will be remembered for the life of integrity he led off the field, his faith in God, and the investments he made in so many young men. Thank you, Coach, for everything.”

State Sen. Keith Perry:

“Bobby Bowden made remarkable contributions to the football community and the lives of his players. He will be dearly missed.”

House Speaker Chris Sprowls:

“Bobby Bowden’s career was defined by hard-fought victories & championship moments, but his legacy as a coach, mentor, & believer was cemented by his action off the field. He helped impact countless lives and FL is a better place because of his service and dedication. RIP Coach.”

Former House Speaker Will Weatherford:

“So glad my brother Drew got to play for this incredible man. A person of faith, character and kindness. Coach Bowden taught his players about more than football. The world is a better place because of Coach Bowden. He finished his race! Condolences to the Bowden Family.”

State Rep. James Grant:

“Perfectly said for a man who’s legacy, in spite of all of the wins, is more significant off the field than on.”

State Sen. Gary Farmer:

“Riverboat gambler…king of the one liners…fearless coach…great recruiter & speaker. Thank you Coach Bowden for all you did for FSU & this state, for the great memories you created for my family & so many Nole fans, and for impacting so many young lives. RIP Bobby!”

Staff Reports


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