Bobby Bowden Awkwardly Asks Chris Spielman Dead Father is Still Coaching Football

By Connor Muldowney
Bobby Bowden
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For the Florida State Seminoles, Bobby Bowden is a king. As one of the best coaches in recent college football memory, the retired head coach was honored at Florida State before the team’s game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday afternoon. As we know, Jimbo Fisher is the replacement head coach for one of the best in program history and he has done a solid job since Bowden left the school.

Bowden was forced to retire a few years ago as the head coach was approaching the age of 80 and coming off a tough 7-6 season. He knew it was time to go and the 83-year-old left the program and handed the reigns to Fisher after finished 307-97-4 all time as head coach of the Seminoles.

As an 83-year-old, you are bound to say some things that come off as rude or tasteless that aren’t meant that way and that’s exactly what happened when Bowden asked ESPN analyst Chris Spielman if his dead father was still coaching high school football when he visited the booth during the game on live TV.

Spielman, a former NFL linebacker, handled the question very well and lessened the awkward situation by giving a light-hearted answer. Watch the awkwardness here:

It was an honest mistake by Bowden, but Spielman did the right thing by not making the retired head coach feel dumb for asking the awkward question. In case you don’t know, Spielman’s father passed away in 2008 and he used to be a high school football coach.

The way he answered the question and steered the interview to a commercial was impeccable.

Well done, Spielman.

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