Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, 91, has been diagnosed with terminal illness

Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, 91, has been diagnosed with terminal illness but Hall of Famer says he is ‘at peace’ with his fate

  • Bobby Bowden, the legendary Florida State soccer coach and two-time national champion, has announced that he is battling a “terminal” illness at the age of 91.
  • Bowden said he is “at peace” with his fate and called his wife Ann, their six children and 21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren “life’s greatest blessings”
  • Bowden has been battling health issues for much of the past few years, including a battle with COVID-19 in October 2020. He was hospitalized again in June.
  • Bowden coached for 34 years at Florida State, won national titles in 1993 and 1999, and had only one losing season during his time with the Seminoles
  • He finished his 44-year coaching career with 377 wins, taking fourth place










Bobby Bowden, the legendary Florida State soccer coach and two-time national champion, has announced that he is battling a “terminal” illness but is “at peace” with his fate.

Bowden, 91, his wife Ann and their family made the announcement in a statement Wednesday Democrat of Tallahassee without specifying his exact medical condition.

“I’ve always tried to serve God’s purpose for my life, on and off the field, and I’m prepared for what’s to come,” Bowden said in a statement. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessings… I am at peace.”

Bobby Bowden, the legendary Florida State football coach and two-time national champion, has announced that he is battling a ‘terminal’ illness but is ‘at peace’ with his fate

Florida State receiver Peter Warrick (left) and Bobby Bowden celebrate with the NCAA title trophy during the awards ceremony after the Sugar Bowl January 4, 1999

Florida State receiver Peter Warrick (left) and Bobby Bowden celebrate with the NCAA title trophy during the awards ceremony after the Sugar Bowl January 4, 1999

Florida State Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden and his wife Ann Bowden watch a tribute to Bobby before taking on the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010 in Jacksonville

Florida State Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden and his wife Ann Bowden watch a tribute to Bobby before taking on the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010 in Jacksonville

According to the report, the family has requested privacy at this time.

Bowden has been battling health issues for much of the past few years, including a battle with COVID-19 in October 2020.

According to the Democrat in Tallahassee, he was hospitalized for five days in June with an unknown problem, and has struggled to regain his strength ever since. Bowden has battled back and hip issues in particular, but was able to tackle motivational speaking gigs across the country until June when he stepped off the track.

“I’m fine, but there’s not much I can do,” Bowden told the Tallahassee Democrat on July 5.

Bowden coached for 34 years at Florida State, won national championships in 1993 and 1999, and had only one losing season during his time with the Seminoles.

He previously coached in West Virginia, finishing his 44-year career with 377 wins, which is good enough for fourth on the all-time win list behind John Gagliardi (489), the St. John’s (Minnesota) coach , Joe Paterno of Penn State (409) and Grambling legend Eddie Robinson (408).

Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Bowden and Ann have been married for 72 years and have six children — including three sons who work as football coaches — and 21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He received the first Governor’s Medal of Freedom from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in April.

Legendary Florida State University head football coach Bobby Bowden is introduced by US President Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the Pensacola International Airport on November 3, 2018 in Pensacola, Florida

Legendary Florida State University head football coach Bobby Bowden is introduced by US President Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the Pensacola International Airport on November 3, 2018 in Pensacola, Florida

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