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Football, family on Bowden's mind at Hall induction

After the most disappointing season of his long career, Bobby Bowden's induction into the College Football Hall of Fame was not without reflection, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: December 12, 2006, 12:39 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- On the day that he would receive the highest honor there is in college football, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden wondered aloud about failing as a father.

Twelve hours later, Bowden would not only be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, he would receive the Gold Medal from the National Football Foundation. It would be the cherry on top of a career that began more than 50 years ago, a career that has spanned 365 victories and two national championships.

But for ...

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