If there was any doubt about whether or not Bobby Bowden's decision to retire was his, it should be gone now. Bowden said he wanted to coach another year at FSU, but "that was out" as an option.
Bowden kept his emotions in check following his final practice at the Al Dunlap practice field, a routine he's repeated an estimated 4,250 times, according to the sports information office. He called it "just another practice." It was the last one in Tallahassee before the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, which will mark the final game of Bowden's Hall of Fame career.
Before driving off the field in his golf cart for the final time, Bowden -- as has been ritual -- stopped to visit with the media, where he reminisced about the past and talked about the future. Here is a transcript of his final post-practice interview from Tallahassee.