Bobby Bowden heads to Jacksonville on Saturday for the final week of his football career at FSU. He's done some amazing things in his 34 years, but his divorce from FSU was anything but sweet. Tonight, we sit down one on one with Coach Bowden as he prepares to walk off into the sunset and end a long and successful career at Florida State.
"It's definitely different, I've never retired. I've always coached and all of a sudden I'm going to retire? But it was gonna either be this year or next year, I'm just going out a year early," said Coach Bowden.
Question: When you look back, do you wish you could have been honored and will you have fond memories when you leave here?"
"Ann and I were very disappointed at what happened, but we are determined that we will not be bitter. Some people have a hard time understanding, but not all people, but I've coached here for 34 years. These people think I don't love this university. Some of them went here four or five years. They don't....I hate to get into all of that. I've been here 34 years. I refuse to think of the negative points."
Question: Mario Lemieux, Michael Jordan said they were retiring and came back, are we going to see you coaching again?
"80 years of age, 80 years of age. No. I'll go watch Terry coach some, I've never been able to do that. Never been able to watch my own sons play you know."
And don't forget to watch our Gator Bowl special, The Bowden Years on New Years Day at 12:30 just before kickoff in Jacksonville between FSU and West Virginia.