Legendary Head Coach Has Cancer

Morgantown, West Virginia –  Legendary football head coach Bobby Bowden has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

His son Terry said the following today:  “He got sick about 10 days ago and then we found out he had pancreatic cancer and so we know that’s one of those things that’s probably going to sooner than we want. We talked with him today, he’s doing pretty good this morning. We appreciate all the prayers and thoughts.”

Bowden, 91, was the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers from 1970-1975 and then went on to coach the Florida State Seminoles from 1976-2009, winning two national championship and retiring as one of the greatest coaches in college football history.

Bowden said the following of his diagnosis: “I’ve always tried to serve God’s purpose for my life, on and off the field, and I am prepared for what is to come,” Bowden’s statement says. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessing. I am at peace.”

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