Bobby Bowden announces terminal condition diagnosis
College football coaching legend Bobby Bowden has battled several health issues in recent years, and now he is facing a serious development.
Florida State’s legendary football coach – who turns 92 in November – wife Ann and their family announced Wednesday that Bowden has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition.
“I’ve always tried to serve God’s purpose for my life, on and off the field, and I am prepared for what is to come,” Bowden said in a statement shared with the Democrat. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessing. I am at peace.”
Last year, Bowden was diagnosed with COVID-19 following an unrelated leg infection. Bowden was hospitalized for 10 days undergoing treatment for COVID-19.
Bowden is one of the all-time icons in college football and produced a 316-97-4 record with two national titles (1993 and 1999) in 34 years at FSU. He had one losing season – 5-6 during his first year at the school – and was forced into retirement following a 7-6 record in 2009.
Bowden overall won 377 games during his 44-year college coaching career to rank fourth all-time behind John Gagliardi (489), Joe Paterno (409) and Eddie Robinson (408).
The Democrat also noted that in recent years Bowden was slowed by lingering, painful back and hip issues that kept him off the golf course and from walking his neighborhood. He was also one of the country’s most sought-after motivational speakers, sharing football stories and his faith.