Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The COVID-19 pandemic is still raging on, particularly in the southern part of the country. In another example of the coronavirus twisting the knife by infecting one of the greatest coaches in history, Florida State football coaching legend Bobby Bowden has confirmed that he is now one of the millions who has contracted the virus.
Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat confirmed that Bowden, just a few weeks shy of his 91st birthday, has tested positive for COVID-19. Bowden, who was hospitalized for the last two weeks due to a leg infection, claims that he is feeling good, and he is the only member of his family to test positive for the virus.
Bobby Bowden’s record at Florida State makes him one of the greatest coaches in college football history
After successful stints at Howard and West Virginia, Florida State brought in Bowden as head coach in 1976. Florida State’s success in football was extremely limited before Bowden arrived in Tallahassee, but he soon turned the Seminoles in a perennial national power.
His 304 wins and 75 percent winning percentage are impressive enough, but his 13-season stretch between 1987 and 2000 is the stuff of legends. Bowden never lost more than twice in any one of those seasons. He finished in the top five in the final AP rankings in all 13 seasons, winning two championships along the way in the 1990s. It’s impossible to tell the story of college football as a whole without devoting a large chunk of time to Bowden’s Seminoles giving the number of legendary teams and Hall of Fame players that Bowden oversaw.
Current Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell has already taken the time out to wish Bowden well, adding he will be “praying for a speedy recovery.”
Hopefully, Bowden shrugs off this COVID-19 infection like a plucky upstart team in the ACC and is back in the saddle as soon as possible.