Bobby Bowden’s faith and spirit remain strong. 

However, his weakened body is failing him.

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 Tallahassee Democrat. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessing.

“I am at peace.”

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

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

Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden speaks before being presented with the Governor's Medal of Freedom from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 7, 2021.

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 Florida State. 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.


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