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Called to Coach: Reflections on Life, Faith, and Football Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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"We all know about Coach Bowden's accomplishments on the field and we probably won’t see that again in college football in this day and age. What people might not know about Bobby Bowden is the man that he is, the person that he is, and the number of people he impacted, influenced, and inspired. He did it with such class and dignity in every way. As coaches, you wish maybe someday to be thought of as well as he is, not only in terms of what he accomplished, but the way he did it." (Nick Saban, Head Coach, University of Alabama)
“When I was a young coach, Bobby Bowden was a hero to me. As I got older, he became an example. For all of us, he has been a benchmark. He did things the right way and reached out to help so many of us through the years. He left anyone who was fortunate enough to be around him with a true understanding of what it means to be a coach.” (Mack Brown, Head Coach, University of Texas)
“When Bobby speaks, I listen. When he writes, I read. You will be grateful you read this book. Then you will know why I, and millions of people, love and respect Bobby Bowden.” (Lou Holtz, Former Coach, College Football Analyst, ESPN)
“Bobby Bowden was coach and mentor to thousands of young men throughout his remarkable 55-year career, and he took that responsibility very seriously. He provided a living example of character and integrity; nurturing not only great football players, but also fine husbands, fathers and role models for future generations. Called to Coach is a story about one of our true national treasures.” (President Jimmy Carter)
“Coach Bowden has had an enduring impact on an untold number lives for such a long period of time. Aside from my father, Coach Bowden is the most influential man in my life. I’m certain there are countless others who could say the same thing. Any success I have in the coaching business I owe mostly to Coach Bowden.” (Mark Richt, Head Coach, University of Georgia)
“Coach Bowden transcends football. He is a man who leveraged his position as a winning football coach into a living example of the Christian values he believed in. Then he shared them with his players. He personifies the ultimate father in that he inspired us to be the best that we could be, helping us build our mind, body, and spirit through the game he loved. This book will deliver his message to others who will benefit—just like I have, from the life, the wisdom, and the grace, that is, Coach Bobby Bowden.” (Warrick Dunn)
"We all know Bobby has been incredibly successful on the football field, but I believe his real success lies in how many lives he has touched as a mentor, teacher, and friend! I know he has touched my life and I am better for it." (Kenny Chesney)
“I’ve had the privilege of knowing Bobby Bowden for more than thirty years. During my years of coaching at Nebraska, between 1980 and my last year of coaching in 1997, we played Florida State eight times. We won only twice and lost six times. Many of the games were very close and the winner would win the National Championship. Through all of those years of competition, I always respected and admired Bobby Bowden greatly. He stands for the right things, is a man of principle, was always honest in recruiting and exemplifies all that a Christian person should be. Called to Coach is a very interesting narrative of life in the coaching profession spanning nearly fifty years. I recommend the book highly.” (Tom Osborne, Athletic Director, University of Nebraska)
"Where would college football be without men like Bobby Bowden? I have long been a fan of his tireless dedication to athletic excellence, but it is his work off the field that makes me admire him even more. It is impossible to count the number of lives that have been influenced for the better by this great man. His leadership of young men made them champions both on and off the field." (S. Truett Cathy, CEO, Founder, Chick-fil-A, Inc.)
About the Author
Bobby Bowden is known as much for his affable charm as he is for his championship teams. Having coached young men in seven decades, he is the second-winningest coach in major college football history. Bowden guided Florida State University to more than three hundred victories, two national championships, twelve Atlantic Coast Conference titles, finishing in the top five in the country in fourteen straight seasons, and he also led the Seminoles to Bowl Games in twenty-eight consecutive seasons during his thirty-four-year tenure. The patriarch of college football’s most famous coaching family, Bowden remains heavily involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, annually awarding The National Bobby Bowden Award to a student-athlete for achievement on and off the field, including his conduct as a faith model in the community. Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He and his wife of sixty-one years, Ann, live in Tallahassee, Florida.
Mark Schlabach is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling books, Happy, Happy, Happy, Si-cology 1, and The Duck Commander Family. He is one of the most respected and popular college football columnists in the country. He and his wife live in Madison, Georgia, with their three children.
Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren Dungy are active members of a number of family, faith, and community-based organizations, including All Pro Dad, iMom, Fellowship of Chrstian Athletes, Mentors for Life, Family First, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Tony is a former NFL player and retired head coach of the 2006 Superbowl Champions, the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.
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Bobby was quite frank about his faith in the book - making no apologies for the fact that he is a Christian and that he believes his career was a calling to lead young men to Christ through coaching. That was refreshing to read and good to know that no matter when the chips were up or down he wasn't willing to back away from professing his faith.
Bobby also talks about a lot of the flack he got over the years for giving a lot of his players second chances after they got into trouble but if you read the book you will get a good perspective as to why he did this. He makes the point that though they were football players playing on a national stage they were still kids - in a part of life where they were still developing character and trying to find out what was right and what was wrong - a stage of life where we all are prone to make mistakes - and also a part of life where most of us get a second a chance.
Not being alumni at FSU - it was bittersweet reading this book because for me - so much of being an FSU fan was being a Bobby Bowden fan. I grew up watching him on the sidelines. Like everyone else I was frustrated by how poorly his teams performed toward the end of his career but seeing him go was still tough. Seeing the way he went was tougher. Though he never comes out and says it you get the sense from reading the book that Bobby felt betrayed by the athletic director and his staff at FSU. After reading the book I wouldn't blame him at all for feeling that way.
Coaches come and coaches go but this is one that stayed for awhile and left a lasting legacy - a great book to get a snapshot of that legacy.
remarkable man who practices his Christian values personally and professionally.
The message he gave to those young men was a guiding force for my son to this day. " Set your priorities, first your god, second your familiy, and then your coaches and football. The first two will be there when all the glories on the field are long forgotten." Coach Bowden signed a hat for that boy but more importantly gave him a souvenier of a dream. Kevin has been a high school football coach for 12 years now and he still gives his young players Coach Bowden's message. He once said when he decided he wanted to teach and coach " If I can make the difference to just one kid." CALLED TO COACH says it all. I would hope Coach Bowden would know how many young men he has inspired.
A grateful mother