After a battle with COVID-19 that lasted a week, legendary former Florida State Seminoles football head coach Bobby Bowden has tested negative and is home.
The news was reported by Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat, who has been on top of all developments in Bowden’s bout with the disease.
“I am sure (God) answered a prayer,” Bowden said to the Democrat yesterday. ”I do feel better. I am doing good. I appreciate everyone’s thoughts, I really do.”
Just connected with Ann Bowden - Coach Bowden is back home! The family is thrilled and thankful. "We are all happy," Ann said. "I just want to see him get back to his normal self."— Jim Henry (@JimHenryTALLY) October 15, 2020
“I don’t feel bad, yet,” Bowden said to the Democrat. “I guess I can loaf around the rest of the week. I just have to keep an eye out for (symptoms).”
“Coach Bobby Bowden, 90, has tested positive for COVID-19,” Henry tweeted Monday. “Just talked to coach and OK’d me to share. Says he feels good, and sounds good. Getting retested today. Tested positive following recent release from hospital for leg infection. Look for my story.”
“I was in the hospital for two weeks and I think I came in contact with a nurse who had it, and I guess that’s where it sort of originated,” Bowden told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday afternoon. “As of right now, I’ve been exposed a week and I don’t feel hardly any different. I don’t really have any symptoms except I’m feeling a little lazy.”
In late April, Henry reported that Bowden had been in the hospital following a leg infection that reportedly caused his left calf to double in size.
“We’re thinking about coach and praying he has a quick and speedy recovery,” Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell, who himself battled the virus last month, said Monday. “Not only one of greatest coaches to ever coach the game, but such an incredible man. A special human being. I’m honored for the honor to know him and have that relationship.”Late last month, the coach had to head back to the hospital for additional treatment.
Quick update. Coach Bobby Bowden is feeling better, but he is in the hospital (He OK'd me to share the news). Had a few cancer spots on his legs removed, and the area became infected. He hopes to be released in a few days. We also talked Deion and Jackson St.! Look for my blog.— Jim Henry (@JimHenryTALLY) September 21, 2020
“I didn’t realize when I got to be 90 it would be this tough,” he said to the Democrat in April. “Getting old ain’t easy.”
Thankful to talk with Coach Bobby Bowden this morning after hearing that he tested positive for Covid. He sounded up beat and full of faith. A 90 year old man as rock solid as they come. Please keep one of my biggest Heroes in your prayers, thank you. #FSUfamily @TheBobbyBowden pic.twitter.com/5plGceRMfj— Chris Rix (@CoachRix) October 5, 2020
According to Rick Karla of WVTM, Bowden has been hospitalized after testing positive again.
.@FSUFootball legend #BobbyBowden hospitalized 2day after 2nd CoVid test wife Ann tells me— Rick Karle WVTM 13 (@RickKarle) October 6, 2020
*Coach having chest X-ray
*Feels weak, otherwise OK
*Hopes to be released in 2-3 days
*Rest of family negative @Seminoles @DeionSanders
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