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Legendary Florida Football Coach Bobby Bowden Contracts COVID-19 — Details Revealed

Odette Odendaal
Oct 06, 2020
06:00 A.M.
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The legendary former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Asymptomatic, the 90-year-old joked that it gave him license to "loaf around."


Bowden had been hospitalized to remove cancer spots when his doctor told him that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Exhibiting no symptoms of the disease, the former coach said that he feels fine.

Following an extraordinary career that spanned 44 years as a head coach, Bowden retired from his career after the 2009 season. Just three years before, his legendary status got cemented into the history books.

Bobby Bowden at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 26, 2013, in Tallahassee, Florida. | Source: Getty Images.



Currently quarantined at his Killearn Estates home, Bowden only experiences a lack of energy, not affected by other known symptoms of the disease that include coughing, fever, and breathing issues. 

Bowden was released from Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare's rehab center last Thursday. He had been in the hospital for almost two weeks since the leg infection that followed the removal of cancer spots required treatment. 



The former Florida State football coach heard that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus from his physician on Saturday, and he intended to get tested again on Monday. Speaking to the Democrat Monday, Bowden elaborated:

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

Bowden stayed with his wife Ann, his daughter Robin, and grandson Hunter at his Killearn Estates home, so they will all get retested together. According to the former coach, he is the only person in the household that tested positive for the disease. 



Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006, Bowden made his years at Samford (then Howard), Florida State, and West Virginia record-breaking and memorable as a coach.

After hearing the news of Bowden's diagnosis, the current head coach at Florida State, Mike Norvell, reached out with a message of support and said:

"We are thinking about Coach, praying he has a quick and speedy recovery and looking forward to seeing him around here very soon."



Relatedly, a hockey coach from Texas, recently contracted the novel coronavirus. Sadly, 29-year-old Tyler Amburgey's story took a fatal turn only three days after he started feeling ill. 

Tyler's wife, Aimee, shared that he started experiencing nausea on the first day. On the second and third days, Tyler's symptoms ranged from shortness of breath and sleeplessness to migraines and body aches. 


Shockingly, when she checked in on him during the third day, Aimee found Tyler unresponsive. Despite immediate efforts to revive Tyler Amburgey, he passed on August 29. 

Two weeks later on September 12, his former Peoria Rivermen hockey teammates held a memorial service to commemorate his legacy. His wife Aimee grateful, as she wants her husband to be remembered not only for the way that he died but for the way he lived.


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