Bob Baumhower played for two of the greatest football coaches: Bear Bryant at Alabama and Don Shula with the Miami Dolphins.
The former standout defensive lineman expects Alabama coach Nick Saban to cement his place as the top coach in this era of college football. A victory in Monday’s BCS National Championship would give the Crimson Tide their third title in four years and Saban’s fourth overall.
“Alabama is probably in a lot better shape physically than they were at the end of the year. With the offensive line they’ve got and the experience they’ve got. If they can establish the running game they ought to be able to win the game,” Baumhower said during a pre-BCS seafood fest he co-hosted with former teammate and fellow restaurateur Kim Bokamper at Bokamper’s in Miramar.
“But this is a special Notre Dame team. It’s good to have Notre Dame back in college football where they are. Obviously, I’m pulling for Alabama to get it done with their running game and be able to wear these guys down.”
Baumhower, a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Dolphins Honor Roll, operates 13 restaurants in Alabama. He got his start in the restaurant business in Fort Lauderdale in 1979 in partnership with Joe Namath and Richard Todd in Bachelors III.
Baumhower’s chef served Alabama-style gumbo and shrimp in the event at Bokamper’s.
“Coming down here to watch Alabama play in my old stadium and see all of my old buddies and serve some really good Alabama seafood, that’s what it’s all about,” he said.
“When I got into the business full time somebody said, ‘What are you doing in the restaurant business, you don’t know anything about it?’ I said, I know but it’s not rocket science, I’ll figure it out. We’ve been working hard and I’m still trying to figure it out.”