The 2008 NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award was presented to Florida State's Bobby Bowden at The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Thursday night at Disney's BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.
Bowden, who is in his 33rd season with the Seminoles, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and has 381 career victories, making him the second all-time winningest Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I) coach.
"You'll have to excuse me if I'm a little emotional," ESPN's Lee Corso said after the video tribute to Coach Bowden. "This man and I have been friends for 51 years when he was at South Georgia Junior College and I was the Florida State freshman coach. I will never forget all the friendship and all of the things you've done for me all of my life. You've been a role model for a lot of us coaches, Bobby."
The NCFAA is an association of all the major awards in college football and the "Contributions" award is presented to recognize the exceptional contributions to college football and a lifetime of achievement and integrity. This the seventh year for the award and previous honorees have been Coach Darrell Royal, sportscaster Keith Jackson, Coach Tom Osborne, Coach Vince Dooley, Chuck Neinas and Coach Frank Broyles.
"I really feel like the greatest thing Bobby can do is to influence some young man's life or a young woman's for the good so that they can be a better person," Ann Bowden said at the awards show when asked what she hopes her husband's legacy is.