The stadium at FSU was named after Doak Campbell a former FSU President. While, the tradition has been preserved, in reflection his non inclusive views of blacks as an segregationist is divisive, therefore his name should be removed from a stadium that has been home to many Black football players helping to build the school and the tradition to what it has become today: a national treasure. Therefore, this petition seeks to change the name of the stadium to the Bobby Bowden Stadium and change Bobby Bowden field to Charlie Ward field. Charlie Ward was recently polled as the greatest Seminole of all time and rightfully so. He broke a modern day color barrier by being the first Black football player to win a Heisman Trophy at a Florida School. He remains the most decorated college football player in history.
While leaving my original petition in place, first, Bobby Bowden’s name should absolutely go on the stadium. Second, while Mr. Ward was a great player, there were many players who helped to build FSU. Furthermore, he was consummate team player who did not seek to bring attention to himself. Therefore, I believe an even more appropriate and all-inclusive alternative would be- The Players Field at Bobby Bowden Stadium.
Lastly, It must be clear that the end goal is the removal of Doak S. Campbell’s name from the stadium regardless of final decisions over naming.