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Football Hall of Famer Bobby Bowden Receives Liberty Bowl Award

A true Legend in College Football visited Memphis Tuesday to impart his knowledge of the game that spans 6 Decades...

Former Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden is in the Bluff City to attend the Touchdown Club of Memphis Luncheon, AND to receive the AutoZone Liberty Bowl's Distinguished Citizen Award.

A true Icon of the Sport, Bowden Coached Football for 55-years...retiring in 2009 as the games' second Winningest Coach with with 389 career victories.

He regrouped a failing Florida State Program in 19-76, that had won only 5 games in 4 years, and built it into a Powerhouse, winning 2 National Championships and finishing in the Top 5 in the Country 14 straight seasons..

Bowden, who was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006, says schools like The University of Memphis should do everything it can to keep fielding a team, despite the Tigers recent struggles.

Bowden says FSU officials talked about dropping Football when he took over.

"The team was losing and nobody was and nobody was coming to the games." Bowden says.

"Then we got that thing turned around and started making money... Now it makes Big money and supports all the other Sports."

Bowden says Florida State Officials back when HE started now realize dropping Football would've been a huge mistake.

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