Former FSU head coach Bobby Bowden announced on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition , leading to an outpouring of support from all over the country.
91-year-old Bowden confirmed the news to local media Wednesday afternoon.
“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’s statement says. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessing. I am at peace.”
Bowden won 304 games with the Tribe, and two national titles.
FSU President John Thrasher released the following statement in support of Bowden:
“Jean and I are deeply saddened about the news on our friend, the legendary Bobby Bowden, and we extend our thoughts and prayers to Bobby, Ann and the entire Bowden family. Coach Bowden built a football dynasty and raised the national profile of Florida State University, and he did it with dignity, class and a sense of humor. Although his accomplishments on the field are unmatched, his legacy will go far beyond football. His faith and family have always come first, and he is an incredible role model for his players and fans alike. He is beloved by the FSU family.”
Coach Bowden is one of the most successful college football coaches in history, with an unofficial overall record of 357-124-4 over 4 decades at West Virginia and Florida State and ranks as the second-winningest coach in top tier college football behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno.
FSU Athletic Director David Coburn also shared after learning of the former head coach’s condition, “Bobby Bowden has meant everything to Florida State athletics and so much to college football in general. He has influenced so many people beyond just the players he coached, and the staff who had the privilege of working with him. He is a part of the heart and soul of FSU, but it goes beyond even that – he is a big part of the history of the game. Anyone who has had the opportunity to be around Coach Bowden knows what it is like to know a person who has his priorities in the right order, who loves life and values integrity and honor.”