Legendary coach Bobby Bowden tests positive for COVID-19

Legendary coach Bobby Bowden tests positive for COVID-19

Legendary football coach Bobby Bowden recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN.

Bowden, who is approaching his 91st birthday, said so far he hasn’t had any symptoms other than a lack of energy. He believes he may have contracted the virus while in the hospital in September for a leg infection.

Bowden is known for leading the Florida State University (FSU) football team to win two national championships and 12 ACC titles, but his roots are in Alabama. He grew up in Ruhama Baptist Church, Birmingham, and played his freshman college season for the University of Alabama before transferring to Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham. He played for Howard College from 1949 to 1952, earning All-America honors as quarterback in 1952.

Bowden returned to Howard College as head football coach from 1959 to 1962, leaving with a record of 31–6 and the highest winning percentage of any coach in school history. He then went to the University of West Virginia for five years before landing his career role at FSU.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported that Sue Hall, Bowden’s longtime administrative assistant, encouraged people to pray for Bowden, saying he “believes in the power of prayer.” (TAB)