Bobby Bowden, legendary Florida State football coach, has terminal medical condition

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NBC News 22 July, 2021 - 07:20am 2 views

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The 91-year-old Bowden was hospitalized last October after he tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test came a few days after returning to his Tallahassee home from a lengthy hospital stay for an infection in his leg. He did not disclose his condition in his statement. ABC NewsHall of Famer Bobby Bowden has terminal medical condition

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.

The Bowden family has also asked for privacy as Bowden deals with his health. The family added that Bowden remains upbeat and optimistic. 

Hospitalized in late June for five days, Bowden has struggled to regain his strength. He has been under supervised care and is resting comfortably at his Killearn Estates home. 

"I feel fine but I can't do much," Bowden told the Democrat on Monday, July 5. 

Hired from West Virginia in 1976, Bowden posted 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.

The past few 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. 

In April, Bowden received the inaugural Governor's Medal of Freedom from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at the Governor's Mansion. 

Bowden – a devout Baptist – made his last public appearance on stage in early June as a guest speaker at the Send Luncheon, hosted by the North American Mission Board (NAMB), in Nashville.

The unannounced appearance came as Mark Richt, a former assistant under Bowden at FSU, shared with the attendees how his former boss led him to the Lord.

Before Richt finished his testimony, Bowden was introduced as lights came up on a darkened corner of the stage.

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