Legendary FSU soccer coach Bowden 'at peace' with terminal analysis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Legendary Florida State soccer coach, 91-year-old Bobby Bowden, has been recognized with a terminal medical situation.

Bowden confirmed to WTXL on Wednesday that reviews of a terminal sickness are appropriate and says he is “at peace.” He’s presently being cared for at his dwelling.

“I’ve at all times tried to serve God’s function for my life, on and off the sector, and I’m ready for what’s to come back,” Bowden stated in a launched assertion. “My spouse Ann and our household have been life’s best blessing. I’m at peace.”

The previous coach examined constructive for the coronavirus in October 2020. Bowden had been hospitalized at TMH for almost two weeks with a leg an infection earlier than this hospital keep.

In 2018, Bowden talked about being very sick at a younger age.

“13 years of age, I had rheumatic fever and needed to go to mattress for a yr. I needed to drop out of faculty. Thank goodness I obtained over it and was capable of play highschool soccer my final two years at Woodlawn.”


FILE – On this Dec. 31, 1975 file picture, North Carolina State soccer coach Lou Holtz, left, congratulates West Virginia coach Bobby Bowden atop the shoulders of his gamers after West Virginia’s 13-10 win within the Peach Bowl faculty soccer recreation in Atlanta. An individual aware of the choice says Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will retire after the Seminoles play in a bowl recreation. Bowden will retire because the second winningest coach in major-college soccer behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno. The 80-year-old Bowden has gained 388 video games in 44 seasons as a head coach. (AP Photograph/File)

“Bobby Bowden has meant all the pieces to Florida State athletics and a lot to varsity soccer normally,” the director of FSU Athletics, David Coburn, stated. “He has influenced so many individuals past simply the gamers he coached and the employees who had the privilege of working with him. He is part of the center and soul of FSU, nevertheless it goes past even that – he’s a giant a part of the historical past of the sport. Anybody who has had the chance to be round Coach Bowden is aware of what it’s prefer to know an individual who has his priorities in the best order, who loves life and values integrity and honor.”

On how he needs to be remembered, Bowden had this to say:

Present head soccer at FSU, Mike Norvell, despatched prayers to the “unimaginable man who’s liked by so many.”

Governor Ron DeSantis awarded Bobby Bowden the Florida Medal of Freedom on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

The legendary former head soccer coach at Florida State College, Bowden grew to become the inaugural recipient of the award.

Bowden was included on ESPN’s record of the 150 best head coaches within the final 150 years of school soccer in 2019.

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Florida State College head soccer coach Bobby Bowden receives a congratulatory hug after FSU defeated Nebraska 18-16 within the Orange Bowl in Miami, Jan. 1, 1994. Bowden goes for his first nationwide faculty soccer championship. (AP Photograph/Doug Mills)

“Jean and I are deeply saddened in regards to the information on our buddy, the legendary Bobby Bowden, and we prolong our ideas and prayers to Bobby, Ann, and the whole Bowden household,” stated Dr. John Thrasher, the president of FSU. “Coach Bowden constructed a soccer dynasty and raised the nationwide profile of Florida State College, and he did it with dignity, class, and a humorousness. Though his accomplishments on the sector are unmatched, his legacy will go far past soccer. His religion and household have at all times come first, and he’s an unimaginable position mannequin for his gamers and followers alike. He’s beloved by the FSU household.”

The Bowden household requested for privateness as they take care of his well being.

WTXL first reported this story.

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