Bobby Bowden, the affable Hall of Fame coach who led Florida State to two national championships and over 350 victories, has died. He was 91 years old when he died.
Bobby’s son, Terry, told The Associated Press that his father died early Sunday morning at home, surrounded by family. The news was also shared on social media by Florida State.”It was truly peaceful,” Terry Bowden said in a text message to AP.
Bobby Bowden declared on July 21 that he was dying of pancreatic cancer, which Terry Bowden later confirmed. Bobby Bowden was diagnosed with prostate cancer more than a decade ago and underwent treatment.
“On and off the field, I’ve always tried to serve God’s purpose for my life, and I’m prepared for what’s next,” Bowden said at the time. “Ann, my wife, and our family have been the greatest blessings of my life. I am content.
“Bowden was admitted to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 in October 2020. The test came a few days after he returned home following a lengthy hospital stay for a leg infection in Tallahassee, Florida.
Bowden was born on November 8, 1929, in Birmingham, Alabama. Bowden led Florida State to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Championship in 1993 and a BCS National Championship in 1999, as well as twelve Atlantic Coast Conference championships since the conference’s inception in 1991. Bowden’s Seminoles have been ranked in the top five by the Associated Press for 14 years in a row, which is more than twice as long as the next-closest team. However, the program deteriorated in the mid-2000s, and President T.K. Wetherell sacked Bowden just weeks after his 80th birthday, following a dismal 2009 season. On January 1, 2010, he made his final coaching appearance in the 2010 Gator Bowl, defeating his former team, West Virginia, 33–21.
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