As part of the coaching staff at Appalachian State in the early ‘80s McHale decided to dedicate his days to studying football and the running game. He constantly asked himself, "Who's running the football?"
At that time it was the Washington Redskins, which appeared in back-to-back Super Bowls (1982-83) behind the arm of Joe Theismann and the power of Super Bowl MVP running back John Riggins.
So McHale made the trek - over 500 miles - from the ASU campus to our nation's capital to sit down with the Redskins' staff. With no budget to back his trips, McHale would spend these two-to-three day excursions sleeping in his car.
"He's a winner because of his values, and his approach to everything, dealing with people, players and staff," McHale said of Bowden. "That holds up the true test of time. That's how you measure a coach - over time.
"His secret is not a secret. It is his spiritual life. When he has to make a decision that's what he bases it on, dealing with people, football, his career, everything."