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Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, 91, is diagnosed with terminal illness but the Hall of Famer says he's 'at peace' with his fate

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

Bowden, 91, his wife Ann and their family made the announcement Wednesday in a statement given to the Tallahassee Democrat without specifying his exact illness.

'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 the a statement. 'My wife Ann and our family have been life's greatest blessing... 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 that he is 'at peace' with his fate

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

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


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

Bowden has battled health issues for much of the last few years, including a bout with COVID-19 in October of 2020.

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

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

He was hospitalized with an undisclosed issue for five days in June, according to the Tallahassee Democrat, and has since struggled to begin his strength. Specifically, Bowden has battled back and hip issues, but was able to handle motivational speaking gigs across the country until June, when he stepped off the circuit.

'I feel fine but I can't do much,' Bowden told the Tallahassee Democrat on July 5.

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

He previously coached at West Virginia, and ended his 44-year career with 377 wins, which is good enough for fourth on the all-time wins list behind St. John's (Minnesota) coach John Gagliardi (489), Penn State's Joe Paterno (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 back in April.

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

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