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Bobby Bowden thanks doctors, fans after 'tough' bout with virus

90-year-old beats COVID
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, retired Florida State NCAA college football coach Bobby Bowden applauds following a Rotary Club luncheon in Omaha, Neb. Bowden, hospitalized last week after contracting COVID-19, says he is feeling better and hopes to go home soon. Bowden, 90, told the Tallahassee Democrat on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020,"I am doing good. I appreciate everyone’s thoughts, I really do.” (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden thanked his doctors, fans and family for their support and prayers through his “tough” bout with COVID-19. 

Bowden, 90, was released from the hospital last week. In his first public statement since battling the coronavirus, Bowden said “God just wasn't ready to me Home yet to be with him.” 

Bowden coached Florida State for 34 years and is second on the career victories list in major college football with 357, behind only the late Joe Paterno of Penn State.