‘I am at peace’: Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden diagnosed with terminal health condition

Bobby Bowden

FILE – This is a Jan. 10, 2018, file photo showing former Florida State NCAA college football head coach Bobby Bowden at a Rotary Club luncheon in Omaha, Neb. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has tested positive for COVID-19 and was home monitoring his symptoms. Family friend and Bowden’s former publicist Kim Shiff says the 90-year-old Bowden had been hospitalized in Tallahassee, Florida, for about two weeks. He returned home late last week and was informed he had tested positive. Bowden told the Tallahassee Democrat on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, he had not exhibited symptoms of the virus. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

TAMPA (WFLA) – Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition, the Tallahassee Democrat confirmed with the Bowden family on Wednesday.

Bowden, 91, coached the Seminoles from 1976-2009, building the program into a national power by amassing a 304-97-4 record over that span. He won 12 ACC titles and two national championships. FSU’s national titles under Bowden came in 1993 and 1999.

“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 to the Democrat. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessing. I am at peace.”

FSU President John Thrasher released a statement via Twitter Wednesday afternoon, extending his thoughts and prayers to the Bowden family.

Bowden tested positive for COVID-19 and was previously hospitalized in 2020.

He is second on the career victories list in major college football behind the late Joe Paterno of Penn State.

Janelle B. Smith

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