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Coach Bobby Bowden Beats COVID-19 at 91: ‘I Wanted to Be Around to Vote for President Trump’

by Josh Lanier
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Bobby Bowden, 91, thanked his family and doctors this week for helping him beat COVID-19. In a statement released on social media, the legendary former Florida State Seminoles coach joked he had unfinished business.

“I’ve had the chance to get a lot of wins in my life, but I really wanted to win this one because I wanted to be around to vote for President Trump,” he said in the letter released Wednesday by his son, former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden

“I want to thank all the many many people who were thinking of and praying for me over the last few weeks,” Bowden said. “I just went through a battle with COVID-19 and God just wasn’t ready to take me home yet to be with Him.”

Doctors hospitalized Bowden on Oct. 6, the Tallahassee Democrat reported, following a positive coronavirus test. He had only days before been released from a hospital and rehab facility for a leg infection.

Bowden thanked his family and doctors for helping him overcome COVID-19 at his age.

“Most of you know I’m 91 years old and the fight was tough but thanks to the help of Dr. Michael Forsthoefel, and the support of [his wife] Ann and all my children, I beat it,” Bowden said in the statement.

Bobby Bowden Stumps For Trump

Bobby Bowden coached FSU for 34 years. He has the second-most wins of any college coach in history. His 357 win total is only behind Joe Paterno, the late Penn State coach, who had 409, ESPN said. Bowden won national championships in 1993 and 1999.

A massive Donald Trump fan, Bowden closed out his statement by asking fans to “Keep America Great.”

“There are about 45 of us Bowdens around,” Bowden remarked. “Most of us live in Florida, and I promise you that almost all of us will be voting for Trump, and the ones that don’t won’t be telling me about it. So please, take the time, dadgumit, for the sake of our children and grandchildren, to keep America great and vote for Donald Trump.”

Trump repaid the compliment.