Legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden has terminal illness: ‘I am at peace’

Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden announced on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition.

“I have always tried to serve God’s purpose for my life on and off the field, and I look forward to what is to come,” Bowden wrote in a statement. Tallahassee Democrat. “My wife Ann and our family have been the biggest blessings in life.

“I am at peace.”

Bowden and his family have requested privacy as he focuses on his health.

It was not disclosed what the terminal condition of the 91-year-old is. He tested positive for COVID-19 last October.

Bowden led FSU for 34 years between 1976 and 2009. As head coach of the Seminoles, the team won two national championships and played one bowl game in all but three seasons. Bowden ended his coaching career with 377 wins.

Bobby Bowden
Bobby Bowden coached at FSU for 34 years.

Prior to his time at Florida State, he coached for West Virginia from 1970 to 1975.

Bowden and his wife have been married for over 70 years and have six children, 21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren together.

In April, Bowden was awarded the Florida Medal of Freedom, which “honors any individual who has made a particularly meritorious contribution to the state and culture of citizens and interest in public and private efforts.”

Bobby Bowden
In Bowden’s time with the Seminoles, he did not play in a bowl game only three times.

In a statement regarding Bowden’s announcement today, FSU athletic director David Coburn emphasized that they were traits that made Bowden an integral member of the FSU community and part of football history.

“Bobby Bowden means a lot to Florida State athletics and to college football in general. He has influenced many people beyond just the players he has coached, and the staff he has had the privilege of working with. have been found.

“He is part of the heart and soul of FSU, but it goes beyond that – he is a huge part of the history of the sport. Anyone who has had the opportunity to be around Coach Bowden knows that such a man. What it’s like to know, who has priorities in the right order, who loves life and values ​​integrity and respect.”


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