I really believe God called on me to coach, and that is the reason I stayed in it for so long.
Football has always been a big part of my life. Almost from the day I was born, playing and coaching football were all I really ever wanted to do.
I guess I’ll retire someday if I live that long.
I’ve never made football my priority. My priorities are my faith and my dependence on God.
The Bible is big in my teaching. It’s a wonder the ACLU didn’t get after me pretty good. I really kept thinking they would. I took my boys to church. I took my football team to church. I only did it two times a year. Before I signed a kid, I’d write the parents and I’d tell that parent we were gong to take your son to church twice.
Even though I retired from coaching, I still believe that is my calling.
You can live by biblical principles, and you can teach by those principles and still be a winner. So many coaches think you’ve got to kick your players in the rear end. You’ve got to cuss them out. You’ve got to hit them across the head. No. You don’t have to do that.
All my life, I’ve been right next to a football field. I never knew nothing else.
I won’t miss coaching. What you miss is that camaraderie with those boys and the other coaches. You miss that.
The thing that drives most coaches out of coaching in college is they get tired of the grind of recruiting.
I was always going to church with my mom, dad and sister. I was literally raised under the godly influence both at home and church. There was no alcohol and no smoking at our house. That was the way a Bowden was supposed to live. My dad always told me to represent the Bowden name in a respectful manner.
If somebody mistreats you, treat ’em good. That kills ’em.
He who gets the best players usually wins.
A better ending could not have been scripted. Of course, if we had won, that would have been better.
Don’t go to the grave with life unused.