Florida State University announced the death of Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden on Sunday. He was 91 years old.
In late July, Bowden and his family issued a statement saying that the coach was diagnosed with terminal illness. His son Terry later told reporters that his terminal condition was pancreatic cancer.
Bowden said in a July statement: “I have been working hard to serve God’s will on and off the court. I am ready for what is to come. My wife Ann and our family have always been in my life. Best blessing. I am calm.”
Florida President John Thrasher issued a statement on Bowden’s death on Sunday morning.
“Florida State University lost a legend in the death of Bobby Bowden,” Slatter said. “On behalf of everyone at FSU, let me express our deepest condolences to Ann and the Bowden family. Coach Bowden established a football dynasty and improved the national image of Florida State University. He did this with his classroom and sense of humor. Although he has left an incredible legacy as one of the best football coaches in university history, his great faith, love for family and guidance to countless young people will also be remembered by people. People will be deeply impressed. Miss him deeply.”
People in college football paid tribute to the late coach.
Today, we have lost a legend. Bobby is my good friend and mentor, and his influence goes beyond the coaching industry in many ways. Express love to Ann and the entire Bowden family.
Rest in peace, Coach Bowden. pic.twitter.com/om6LRmkkIo
-City Meyer (@CoachUrbanMeyer) August 8, 2022
One of my favorite Bobby Bowden stories. Before the 1998 FSU-UF game, there was a pre-match quarrel. UF QB Doug Johnson threw a football at Bowden, but missed. Johnson has no discipline. Bowden was asked what would happen if his QB threw Spurrier. Bowden: “He will beat him”
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 21, 2022
We lost a great one today! Faith, family and football-no one can do better than Coach Bowden. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to work for this person. Condolences to the Bowden family, my friend rest in peace! #greatestofalltime pic.twitter.com/vKj9zU1SOA
-Chris Wink (@ChrisWeinke16) August 8, 2022
We have lost a great man today. Coach Bowden is unique and has influenced many people. I am lucky to call him a mentor and friend. We express our condolences to all his family and friends. A legend that will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/7STmB8Hjoi
-Mark Brown (@CoachMackBrown) August 8, 2022
Pray for the Ann and Bowden family! Love, respect and thank the coach for the impact on my life! !
-Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) August 8, 2022
Bobby Bowden is an icon in football coaching, but he is even more legendary because he has devoted his life to training young people to become great citizens, husbands, fathers and leaders. His influence will be felt in the coming decades.
God bless his family and all those affected by him.
— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) August 8, 2022
Bowden taught at Florida State University from 1976 to 2009, setting a professional record of 377-129-4. He won two national championships (1993, 1999) and 12 ACC championships (1992-2000, 2002-2003, 2005). He is the only coach in NCAA history who has won 11 consecutive bowling games (1985-95) and the only coach who has not lost 14 consecutive bowling games (1982-95). He was named the National Coach of the Year six times (1979, 1980, 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1999).