Bobby Bowden plans to preach after retirement

December 9th, 2009 by

THOMASVILLE, Ga. - Florida State coach Bobby Bowden says he plans to spend more time doing the Lord’s work in retirement from football.

The 80-year-old Bowden told about 300 people attending a Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast Tuesday that his plans are to evangelize after he leaves the sidelines the final time after Florida State’s Gator Bowl date with West Virginia on New Year’s Day.

Bowden told his audience that upon reflecting on his life, God wanted him to be a football coach. But now, he said, there are other challenges in his life, most notably in the area of promoting Christianity and talking to young people about their priorities in life.

Bowden became active in FCA activities shortly after its founding in 1954.

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