College football just lost one of its most greatest ever coaches. Legendary Florida State University coach Bobby Bowden has passed away at the age of 91.
In mid-July, it was announced that Bowden was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Bowden himself spoke out about his terminal illness at the time, which had him reflective of the glorious life he’s lived, both on and off the football field.
Via Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat:
“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 in a statement shared with the Democrat. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessing. I am at peace.”
The beloved father, husband, and coach passed away peacefully in his sleep in the morning of August 8th, surrounded by his family.
Bobby Bowden first signed on with FSU in 1976, during which his Seminoles posted a losing record of 5-6. That was the first and only time FSU ever had a losing record under him again, finishing with an amazing 316-97-4 record that also included two national titles for Florida State in the nineties.
Bowden’s overall coaching record of 377-129-4 was second all-time and fourth across all divisions of college football. The impact he had on the school and the sport will never be forgotten.