“I want to thank all the many many people who were thinking of and praying for me over the last few weeks,” the 91-year-old legendary coach, best known for training the Florida State Seminoles and winning multiple national championships said in a statement released by his son, former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden.
“I just went through a battle with COVID-19 and God just wasn’t ready to take me home yet to be with him,” he continued.
Bowden is a long-time supporter of President Donald Trump and has in the past spoken in favor of the president. He said he was motivated to beat the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus because he wanted to vote for Trump in the upcoming election.
“I’ve had the chance to get a lot of wins in my life, but I really wanted to win this one because I wanted to be around to vote for President Trump,” he said, according to the statement.
“For too long now, politicians in Washington have run America down and apologized for our greatness. I’m tired of it,” he continued. “Like President Trump, I had the opportunity to be treated for COVID-19 with drugs to include Remdesivir. At the age of 91, in many other countries, I might not have even been treated. In America, I was.”
Trump also responded to Bowden’s full recovery from the CCP virus, thanking the state of Florida for “giving us Bobby Bowden.” The president called him “one of the best coaches EVER in College Football.”
Bowden coached Florida State for 34 years and is second on the career victories list in major college football with 357 wins, behind only the late Joe Paterno of Penn State. His teams won national championships in 1993 and 1999.
….to be around to vote for President Trump.” Over 300 wins and 2 National Championships. Thank you to Florida State for giving us Bobby Bowden!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2020
Bowden was hospitalized on Oct. 6, three days after testing positive for the CCP virus. He had received word of the positive test a few days after returning to his Tallahassee home from a lengthy stay at a hospital and rehab facility where he was treated for an infection in his leg.
Family friend Kim Shiff, Bowden’s former publicist, told the Associated Press in a text message that the 91-year-old college football Hall of Famer was “very fatigued,” but had no other symptoms.
Bowden himself said his fight with the disease “was tough,” but he managed to beat it with the support from his family and doctor.
“Most of you know I’m 91 years old, and the fight was tough. But thanks to the help of Dr. Michael Forsthoefel, and the support of Ann and all my children, I beat It,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.