'I am at peace': FSU's Bobby Bowden diagnosed with a terminal medical condition

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Legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden diagnosed with terminal health condition

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Legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition, the Tallahassee Democrat confirmed with the 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.

An Alabama native, Bowden played at Howard (now Samford) and began his coaching career there before landing on staff at West Virginia in 1966, eventually rising to become the Mountaineers' coach in 1970. After six seasons in that role, he assumed the job at FSU and built the program into one of the best in college football.

Bowden produced an extensive coaching tree during his career that included three of his sons. Tommy Bowden worked as the head coach at Tulane and Clemson, while Terry Bowden -- now the head coach at Louisiana-Monroe -- famously led Auburn to an 11-0 record in the 1993 season while the Tigers were on NCAA probation. Jeff Bowden also enjoyed a lengthy coaching career that included more than a decade spent on staff with his father at FSU where has served as offensive coordinator.

Bowden still resides in Tallahassee, Florida, and fought through a COVID-19 diagnosis last year that resulted in his hospitalization. His bout with the coronavirus followed other recent hospitalizations for a calf infection and pneumonia.

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"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."

Many across the country probably know Bowden for his decades of success at Florida State, where he posted a 315-98-4 overall record, including a 22-10-1 record in bowl games, 12 ACC championships, and two national titles. Bowden turned the 'Noles into a powerhouse and had a run of 14 consecutive 10+ win seasons.

During his time at West Virginia, he collected a 42-26 record and went 1-1 in bowl games. The fan base was not pleased with Bowden at the time, calling for his firing and he ultimately accepted the offer from Florida State following West Virginia’s win over North Carolina State in the 1975 Peach Bowl. Although his run in Morgantown was rather brief, he found success and helped lay the groundwork for the future of the program. 

Bowden is one of the greatest coaches in college football history and is thought of as one of the most down-to-earth people in the football community. 

Bowden also had a bout with COVID-19 last fall.

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Bobby Bowden has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition, his family announced on Wednesday.

The 91-year-old Bowden, Florida State’s football coach from 1976-2009, released a short statement to the Tallahassee Democrat.

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

The exact nature of Bowden’s medical condition was not disclosed. He was diagnosed with what he called a “tough bout” of COVID-19 after a hospital stay last year, and has been treated for cancer on at least three occasions — once for prostate cancer, twice for skin cancer — over the years.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported Wednesday that Bowden is “under supervised care and is resting comfortably” at his Tallahassee-area home. “I feel fine but I can’t do much,” Bowden told the paper on July 5.

Bowden grew up in Birmingham, and played football at Howard College (now Samford University), graduating in 1953. After a stint as head coach at his alma mater and several stops as an assistant, he coached at West Virginia from 1970-75 before taking over a moribund Florida State program in 1976.

Bowden won 316 games and two national championships in 34 seasons with the Seminoles, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He ranks second all-time among FBS coaches in victories with 377, behind only Joe Paterno’s 409.

Three of Bowden’s sons followed him into coaching. Terry has coached at Samford, Auburn, Akron and North Alabama and is now at Louisiana-Monroe.

Tommy was head coach at Tulane and Clemson (and was an assistant at Alabama and Auburn), while Jeff was an assistant coach for many years with his father at Florida State. Bobby Bowden has been married to his wife, Ann — also a Birmingham native — for 72 years.

Mike Norvell, Florida State’s current head coach, passed along the following thoughts on Twitter Wednesday:

Praying for Coach Bowden and his entire family! Incredible man who is loved by so many and the Nole Family is with him. 🙏🏻

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The paper reports that Bowden, 91, has had his health decline since testing positive for coronavirus last fall. “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.”

Bowden is one of the iconic figures in state history and one of the best college football coaches ever. He built the Seminoles into one of the top programs in the country. For 14 consecutive years from 1987-2000, Bowden’s Seminoles won at least 10 games and finished in the top five of the AP Poll. Not even Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide can match that streak.

Bowden led FSU to the program’s first national championships, in 1993 and 1999. That second team was the first ever to go wire-to-wire at No. 1 in the country. He coached some of the best players the state has ever seen during his 34 years, including Deion Sanders, Derrick Brooks and Heisman Trophy winners Chris Weinke and Charlie Ward.

“Praying for Coach Bowden and his entire family!” FSU coach Mike Norvell said Wednesday on Twitter. “Incredible man who is loved by so many and the Nole Family is with him.”

News of Bowden’s health quickly spread to Hoover, Ala., the site of the SEC media days.

“He’s a tremendous person,” Mississippi State coach Mike Leach said. “Coach Bowden has been an example to all of us.”

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But his weakened body is making him fail.

In November, 92-year-old Florida State University’s legendary football coach, Anne and her family, announced Wednesday that Bowden had been diagnosed with terminal illness.

“I have always endeavored to serve God’s purpose for my life, both inside and outside the field,” Bowden said in a statement with the Democratic Party. “My wife Anne and our family are in life. It was the greatest blessing.

Bowden deals with his health, so the Bowdens also want privacy.

Bowden’s health has since deteriorated He tested positive for COVID-19in October 2020.

Bowden, who was hospitalized for five days in late June, struggled to regain his strength. He is under supervision and rests comfortably at his home in Killern Estates.

“I’m fine, but I can’t do much,” Bowden told Democrats on Monday, July 5.

Employed from West Virginia in 1976, Bowden posted 316-97-4 records at the FSU, including two national titles (1993 and 1999) in 34 years. He lost a season-during his first year at school, he was forced to retire following a record of 5-6- and 7-6 in 2009.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Bowden has won 377 games in his 44-year college coaching career, ranking fourth behind John Gagliardi (489), Joe Paterno (409) and Eddie Robinson (408). I’m in.

Borden and his child’s lover, wife Anne, have been married for 72 years. The couple has 6 children, 21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Three of the four sons became coaches. 65-year-old Terry was hired as head coach of Louisiana Monroe last December.

Over the past few years, Bowden has been slowed down by prolonged, painful back and lower back problems that prevented him from walking in the neighborhood away from the golf course. He also shared the story of football and his beliefs and was one of the most popular motivational speakers in the country.

In April, Bowden was awarded the first Governor’s Medal at the Governor’s residence by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Bowden – a devout Baptist – made him Last public release on stage in Participated as a guest speaker at Send Luncheon hosted by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) in Nashville in early June.

“I really enjoyed it. It felt like it was the first time I left this house in a few months,” Bowden told Democrats after a day’s engagement.

Appearing without notice, FSU Bowden’s former assistant Mark Richt shared with attendees how his former boss led him primarily.

Before Licht finished his testimony, Bowden was introduced when the lights turned on in the dark corners of the stage.

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Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden announced Wednesday he is battling a terminal health 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, 91, said in a statement, via The Tallahassee Democrat. "My wife Ann and our family have been life's greatest blessing.

Bowden tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020 and his health has deteriorated since. Bowden has been a part of the Florida State family since he took over the football program in 1976 and remained the Seminoles’ coach through the 2009 season, taking the program to uncharted highs.

Florida State coach Mike Norvell tweeted well wishes on Wednesday after learning of the news.

"Well, you know, when you've had so many happy moments it's hard to pick out one," Bowden said when asked about his happiest career moment. "None of those wins felt as good to me as when I was at Howard College and we beat Wofford in 1962, when they had a four-point lead with a minute to go and they had the ball on the 50. They fumble, we got it, threw a touchdown pass and won. Now that was exciting. That's Howard College, boy.

"So, I can't say that winning those national championships were the happiest days of my life. They were very fulfilling, especially the last one when we stayed No. 1 in the nation every week and went all the way. Again, that was a very satisfying season — a satisfactory season, you know? — but I won't say it was the happiest day of my career because I can still remember back to the first days I coached and how happy I was to beat Suwanee or beat someone like that.

"It gets bigger, but not better. Those games mean as much to me as those games meant to me because when I started coaching, you don't know how it's gonna turn out. Am I gonna make it? I coached 57 years and I think I only questioned myself one time. We played — who did we play? — and they beat the heck out of us and I began to question myself. 'Bobby, are you in the right profession? Should you be coaching? Maybe this is not your calling.' You know, I really felt that way. Then I thought about it a while and said, 'Yeah, this is what I gotta do.'"

Bowden, a College Football Hall of Famer, won two national titles and 12 ACC championships during his time in Tallahassee.

According to The Democrat, the Bowden family has asked for privacy during this time.

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"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 via a statement. "My wife Ann and our family have been life's great blessing.

The family has asked for privacy as Bowden deals with his health.

Current FSU head coach Mike Norvell issued a brief statement of support for the FSU legend.

"Praying for Coach Bowden and his entire family," Norvell shared via a tweet. "Incredible man who is loved by so many and the Nole Family is with him."

Bowden led FSU to two of their three National Championships in school history. He earned the Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Title in 1993 and a BCS National Championship in 1999. He also led FSU to 12 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships during his time at the helm for the Seminoles.

Bowden stepped down following the 2009 season, just weeks after his 80th birthday. His final coaching appearance for the Seminoles came during the 2010 Gator Bowl as FSU earned a 33-21 victory over his former program, West Virginia.

Bowden's collegiate head coaching career at the highest level began at West Virginia in 1970. Bowden finished his career second in all-time wins by a Division I – Football Bowl Subvision coach with 377 wins (377-129-4).

He came to FSU in 1976 and led the program to new heights over his 34 seasons as the head coach in Tallahassee.

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