Florida State legend Bobby Bowden said Monday that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
Bowden, 90, told the Tallahassee Democrat that he has not experienced any serious symptoms, like breathing problems. Bowden’s age puts him at an at-risk group for serious effects from COVID-19.
“I don’t feel bad, yet,” Bowden told the Democrat. “I guess I can loaf around the rest of the week.”
Bowden told ESPN that he doesn’t have much energy but is otherwise fine. The positive test comes after Bowden was recently hospitalized for an unrelated leg infection.
Bowden is one of the biggest figures in the history of Florida sports. He led the Seminoles to a pair of national championships (1993, 1999). He started FSU’s NCAA-record 36-year bowl streak and led an unmatched streak of 14 consecutive top-five finishes in the AP poll and at least 10 victories (1987-2000).
He retired after the 2009 season. The NCAA credits him with 377 victories — second in Division I-A history behind only Penn State’s Joe Paterno.
Bowden told the Democrat that no one else in his home has tested positive. He and his wife, Ann, celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in April.
First-year coach Mike Norvell said Monday that he’s hoping Bowden recovers quickly.
“We’re thinking about Coach,” Norvell said. “He’ll be in our thoughts and prayers. ... Definitely looking forward to seeing him around here soon.”
Support for Bowden has already started rising on social media, like this from Seminole Boosters CEO Michael Alford:
And this from ACC Network analyst Mark Richt, who was an assistant under Bowden at FSU before becoming the head coach at Georgia and Miami:
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