Legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden dead at 91

Bobby Bowden, Coach Who Led Florida State to Greatness, Dies at 91

Bobby Bowden, the folksy Hall of Fame coach who won more than 350 games and built Florida State into one of college football’s great dynasties with two national championships has died. He was 91. 

Bobby’s son, Terry, confirmed to The Associated Press that his father died at home surrounded by family early Sunday morning. Florida State also announced the news on social media.

Bowden’s health had declined after he was found to have Covid-19 in early October. Last month, his son Terry said that Bowden had pancreatic cancer.

Bowden’s wife, Ann Bowden, announced on July 21 that the former coaching legend had been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

Bowden, who coached at FSU from 1976 to 2009, won national titles after the 1993 and 1999 seasons and finished in the top five in season-ending football polls for 14 consecutive seasons.

“I have never been big on trophies and titles, because I know those accomplishments last only until you lose your next game,” Bowden wrote in his 2010 book, “Called to Coach.”

Bowden is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann; sons Terry, Tommy, Jeff and Steve; and daughters Robyn Hines and Ginger Madden.

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