Bobby Bowden plants the spear at mid-field before Florida State game (GIF)

Sep 14, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles mascot Chief Osceola during the first half of the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Today is a very emotional day for the Florida State Seminoles. Not only are they looking to avenge a loss last year to N.C. State, their opponent today, but they’re also welcoming back the man who made the program what it is today.

For the first time since leaving the program following the 2009 season, legendary head coach Bobby Bowden returned to Doak Campbell Stadium. Last night, the school honored the coach at an event in which over 300 of his former players were in attendance as they reminisced about the heyday of the coach and the team.

Honoring the legend would also carry over into today before the game.

Traditionally, Chief Osceola rides in on Renegade before every game and plants the flaming spear mid-field to get the crowd even more amped up than they already are.

But today, that honor was bestowed upon Coach Bowden in one of the more tear-jerking events in the history of Florida State Football.

So far, with him in attendance, Florida State is once again playing like the old Bowden teams as they already have jumped out to a 14-0 lead within the first five minutes.

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