(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Legendary Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition, his family announced in a statement released by the school.
Bowden, who turns 92 in November, has seen his health deteriorate in recent months. He tested positive for COVID-19 in October 2020. He was hospitalized for several days in June. The Tallahassee Democrat reports Bowden has been under supervised care at his home, and is “resting comfortably.”
“I feel fine but I can’t do much,” he told the Democrat earlier this month.
FSU Athletic Director David Coburn called Bowden “a part of the heart and soul of FSU, but it goes beyond even that — he is a big part of the history of the game.”
Statement from Director of Athletics David Coburn pic.twitter.com/pHvEnUC7eR
— FSU Seminoles (@Seminoles) July 21, 2021
University President John Thrasher praised the former coach saying he “built a football dynasty and raised the national profile of Florida State University, and he did it with dignity, class and a sense of humor,”
— President John Thrasher (@FSUPresThrasher) July 21, 2021
Bowden coached the Seminoles to 316 wins in 34 seasons at FSU. The program won two national titles in 1993 and 1999, and recorded just one losing season in his first year at the school in 1976.
He won 377 games in his 44-year coaching career, fourth-most all-time.
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