In recognition of his career achievements and faith, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) awards The Bobby Bowden Athlete of the Year Award (started in 2004) each year to a Division I FBS football player who epitomizes the student-athlete and conducts himself as a faith model in the community, in the classroom and on the field. Nominees must have 3.0 GPA or better and must have the backing of his school’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.

Coach Bowden speaks monthly to numerous Christian groups (churches, FCA, colleges etc.) throughout the country giving motivational speeches.