Over the years, Bobby Dodd received many honors, including a selection to the National College Football Hall of Fame, the Helms Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Hall of Fame as a player. For his coaching efforts, he was inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame, received the American Football Writers Association Citaion of Honor award, and in December 1993, was inducted posthumously into the National College Football Hall of Fame as a coach. Dodd joined Amos Alonzo Stagg, and later Bowden Wyatt was added, as the only three people ever elected as both a player and coach.
In December 1987, Coach Dodd became ill with lung cancer, and passed away in June 1988 at the age of 79. Earlier that year, Georgia Tech officially renamed its football field Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field, honoring him for more than forty years of leadership and commitment.
Frank Broyles, legendary Athletic Director at the University of Arkansas, played and coached under the tutelage of Coach Dodd. When materials were being gathered to complete the Homer Rice museum, Frank Broyles wrote the following letter as a tribute to the Coach, The Man, The Legend - Bobby Dodd. No one has said it any better...
"How many times in my life have I said publicly and privately to friends how grateful I am to Bobby Dodd for the type of person he was and the influence that he had on my life. His leadership and concern for his players and coaches gave me a direction for my life that has consumed my thinking, my actions and in fact my entire career. I speak with pride when I tell people that I played for and coached for Bobby Dodd because his name and his reputation have a special significance to people who have enjoyed college sports.
There are two specific areas in which Coach Dodd influenced all of us. First is 'how you played the game.' From him we learned that the score was important, but what was most important was the training process which taught us that it is not whether you win or lose, but 'how you play the game.' Even though Coach Dodd and I have been in a profession where you are supposed to win at any cost or at any price, Coach Dodd refused that theory with success and taught all of us the true value of life.
The second priority that Coach Dodd always emphasized was that honesty and integrity are paramount. This priority that I learned from him has influenced everything I have done in my coaching career and in my life. There are many other characteristics that everyone admired in Coach Dodd, but if I were to name them all, there would be no end to this letter.
Let me close by saying that Coach Dodd truly exemplified the theory that life is not in the taking but in the giving - that when you love your neighbor, you have met every plane of the law. And for these reasons, Coach Dodd stands out in my mind as the greatest coach of all time."
J. Frank Broyles
Director of Athletics
University of Arkansas