WATCH: Florida State Honors the Late Bobby Bowden with Moving ‘Amazing Grace’ Halftime Performance

by Joe Rutland

Outsiders who love college football probably will need some Kleenex when you see this moving Florida State tribute to Bobby Bowden.

One of the game’s greatest coaches, Bobby Bowden won national titles in 1993 and 1999. His first title was from the Associated Press and Coaches Poll, while the second was a BCS National Championship. Bowden coached the Seminoles from 1976-2009. He totaled 377 wins in his career, second only to Penn State’s Joe Paterno with 409.

Sadly, Bobby Bowden died on Aug. 8, 2021, at 91 years old. It was about a month after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.

On Sunday, the Florida State marching band performed the hymn “Amazing Grace” as part of their halftime show. Take a listen to them below and, as we said, Outsiders, get some Kleenex or a hanky.

If that doesn’t pull some heartstrings, then check your pulse. Not only did the Florida State marching band honor Bobby Bowden, but it looked like everyone in the stadium was standing.

Quite a fitting honor for a man who gave his coaching talents and heart to the school.

One other note about Bowden and Florida State. He had his Seminoles in the AP Top 5 for 14 straight seasons. That’s one heck of a run right there. But the football program was losing some of its steam in the 2000s, leading the school to fire Bowden in 2009.

Still, the records and marks Bobby Bowden set at Florida State will be hard to beat.

Bobby Bowden Dealt With COVID-19 At 91 Years Old

Back in October 2020, Bobby Bowden found himself dealing with symptoms from COVID-19.

He did recover from having the coronavirus and thanked doctors and fans for their help, support, and prayers.

“I’ve had the chance to get a lot of wins in my life, but I really wanted to win this one because I wanted to be around to vote for President Trump,” Bobby Bowden said in a letter that was released by his son, former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden

“I want to thank all the many many people who were thinking of and praying for me over the last few weeks,” Bowden said. “I just went through a battle with COVID-19 and God just wasn’t ready to take me home yet to be with Him.”

Bobby Bowden was a Christian who shared his faith openly.

He went into the hospital on Oct. 6, 2020, the Tallahassee Democrat reported, after testing positive for COVID-19. Bowden was released days earlier from a hospital and rehabilitation facility after dealing with a leg infection.

Again, Bobby Bowden thanked his family and doctors for helping him overcome COVID-19.