Bowden's players get to see last game

Updated: December 25, 2009, 3:16 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gator Bowl officials are making sure Bobby Bowden's former Florida State players have the chance to see his final game.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that the Gator Bowl Association and the host city of Jacksonville have made complimentary tickets available to former Seminoles who played for Bowden. As of Wednesday, more than 300 had registered for the tickets to the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl.

Former safety Bill Ragans says he's grateful for the chance to go to the game. He says it's "a piece of history you want to be part of."

The former players will help lead Bowden onto the field and sit together in the end zone.

The Jan. 1 game sold out in two hours. The Seminoles face West Virginia.

Bowden started coaching at Florida State in 1976. He announced his retirement Dec. 1.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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