published: Friday, September 21, 2012
FSU legends Bobby Bowden, Sammie Smith to speak in Eustis
FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer
The Lake County Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host its first Kickoff Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 10 at the First Baptist Church of Eustis.
Special guests at the functions will include former Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden and former Seminole and Miami Dolphin running back, Sammie Smith.
Bowden, the winningest coach in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history. He began his coaching career in 1954 and became a head coach in 1970 at West Virginia.
Bowden moved to Florida State in 1976 and is credited with rebuilding a program that was nearly shut down prior to his arrival. He closed out his coaching career in following the 2009 season with 377 wins.
Smith, who earned national recognition as a football and track star at Apopka High School, played for Bowden from 1985 until 1988. During his collegiate career, Smith ran for 2,760 yards, including 1,358 in 1987.
He earned Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention in 1987 and 1988. Smith spent four seasons in the NFL -- three with the Dolphins.
Smith rushed for 659 yards as a rookie in 1989 with six touchdowns and backed that up with 831 yards and scored eight touchdowns in 1990. During his professional career, Smith totalled 1,881 yards and 15 touchdowns.
The First Baptist Church of Eustis is located at 3557 E. Orange Ave.. Tickets for the luncheon are on sale at Lake Nissan in Leesburg, all United Southern Bank locations and Sidelines Sports Eatery in Mount Dora.
Cost is $50 per person and includes lunch. Tickets can also be ordered online at www.centralfloridafca.org by clicking the events tab.
For information, call 407-644-8292 or 352-343-5111.