Bobby Bowden to Receive Paul 'Bear' Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award

Oct 25, 2010, 17:17 ET from American Heart Association Houston Division

American Heart Association Honors Legendary Florida State College Football Coach at 25th Annual Awards Ceremony on Jan. 18, 2011

HOUSTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Heart Association announced today former Florida State Football Head Coach Bobby Bowden will be named recipient of the 2011 Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award.





Bowden will be recognized at the Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston, Texas.  The annual awards program recognizes excellence in coaching on and off the field during a career, allowing recipients to take their place in history alongside legends such as Paul "Bear" Bryant.  Recent Lifetime Achievement recipients include Barry Switzner, Tom Osborne, Glenn "Bo" Schembechler, and Jack Pardee.

Bowden has coached for a period of seven decades, and holds the title for the second winningest coach in major college football history. Bowden guided Florida State University to more than 300 victories, two national championships, 12 Atlantic Coast Conference titles, finishing in the top five in the country in 14 straight seasons, and led the Seminoles to Bowl Games in 28 consecutive seasons during his 34-year tenure.

The patriarch of college football's most famous coaching family, Bowden remains heavily involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; annually awarding The National Bobby Bowden Award to a student-athlete for achievement on and off the field, including his conduct as a faith model in the community.  Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

The Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards honor excellence in coaching while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke.  Bryant himself suffered a heart attack prior to his death in 1983. Funds raised benefit research, community education and outreach programs of the Association. For more information on the Bryant Awards, or to purchase tickets or a table for the event, visit or call 713-610-5000.

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit  

CONTACT:   Shelly M. White, American Heart Association, +1-713-610-5041,

SOURCE American Heart Association Houston Division