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Bobby Bowden, Legendary Florida State Coach, Hospitalized Again For Further COVID-19 Testing

by Matthew Wilson
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Football coaching legend Bobby Bowden is once again in hospital. The 90-year-old reentered the hospital on Oct. 6 to undergo treatment for COVID-19.

Bowden’s wife, Ann, told the Tallahassee Democrat an ambulance took her husband to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. They called emergency services because Bowden felt fatigue. The hospital scheduled him to undergo a chest X-ray and other tests.

Bowden had been in the hospital two weeks after contracting a leg infection. Bowden caught the infection after removed cancer spots. The hospital released him on Oct. 1. Shortly after, Bowden subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 4.

“I feel sure he’s going to be OK,” Bowden’s wife said. “I am very positive, I am not an alarmist. He hasn’t been getting around much at all due to his leg; it has been pretty painful. He sleeps much of the day.”

The day following his diagnosis, Bowden told the Democrat he had not experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19. A few days later, that has apparently changed.

“I don’t feel bad, yet,” Bowden said. “I guess I can loaf around the rest of the week, I just have to keep an eye out for (symptoms).”

Bobby Bowden coached over 30 years at Florida State

Bowden made his mark on sports history with his long tenure at Florid State University. Bowden coached the Florida State Seminoles from 1976 until his retirement in 2009. During his time as a coach, Bowden won over 370 games. He led Florida State to a 1999 BCS National Championship and 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships.

In recent months, Bowden said back and hip issues had made walking difficult for him. He keeps his leg that was infected wrapped to avoid additional complications. So far, Bowden is the only person in his family to test positive for the virus. His wife, daughter and grandson have retested for COVID-19.

Bowden was quarantining at his Killearn Estates home before the hospitalization. His longtime administrative assistant Sue Hall, urged people to pray for Bowden.

“He’s a very religious person and he believes in the power of prayer,” Hall said. 

[H/T: Tallahassee Democrat]