Currently alive, at 87 years of age.
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1929 – Born on November 8th in Birmingham, Alabama. American football coach.
1948 – At 5-foot-5 and 115 pounds, Bowden was too small early on for the Woodlawn High School football team. But he gained weight and played his final two years as a halfback and defensive back, serving as a co-captain.
1954-1955 – He was an assistant coach at Howard, before becoming the head man at South Georgia, a junior college where he won three state titles.
1959 – He became head coach at Howard, which had had six consecutive losing seasons.
1976 – He returned to Tallahassee, and for the third time became a head coach at a school where he had been an assistant.
1993-1999 – Bowden turned a faltering program into a power that won national titles, the second when he was 70.
– Bowden beat coaching pal Lou Holtz and Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl, and Clemson and coach Tommy Bowden in major college football’s first father-son matchup.
2003 – Bowden became major college football’s all-time wins leader with 339, passing Joe Paterno.
– Bowden gained sole possession of No. 1 on the win chart, passing Paterno with a 48-24 home victory over Wake Forest on October 25th.