We were all saddened by the passing of Coach Bobby Bowden. In his 56 years of coaching, 40 as a head coach, Bobby compiled an overall record of 377-129-4, one of the best of all time. He won National Championships in 1993 and 1999 and is considered one of the Greatest College Football Coaches in the history of the game. Coach Bowden was our very first Ambassador believing in Florida Rising Stars from the very beginning. Bobby will always be with us in spirit and will always remain an Honored Ambassador.
The “Head Ball Coach” won the Heisman Trophy in 1966 as Quarterback for the Florida Gators. Steve was drafted in the 1st round by the San Francisco 49ers and spent 10 years in the NFL playing for the 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their inaugural season. He was a coach for 36 years, 27 of which as a head coach at Duke, Florida, South Carolina, and with the Washington Redskinfs. He has a career record of 228-89-2 with a National Championship in 1996. Coach Spurrier truly changed the culture in both Florida and South Carolina.
Mark is a retired head football coach, former player, and television analyst. He played quarterback at Miami for Howard Schnellenberger. As an assistant, he spent 14 years at FSU as QB coach and offensive coordinator under Bobby Bowden. He was the head football coach at Georgia for 15 years where his teams won 2 SEC Championships and 5 SEC division titles and was a two-time SEC Coach of the Year. He was also head coach at his alma mater UM for 3 years.
Coach Dooley, a true legend, is the former head football coach and athletic director at the University of Georgia. During his 25 year coaching career at UGA, Dooley compiled a 201-77-10 record. His teams won six SEC titles and the 1980 National Championship. After the 1980 season Dooley was recognized as college footballs “Coach of the Year” by several organizations including the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, now called the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award. Dooley’s teams were known for their hard nosed defense and conservative yet fundamentally sound offenses.