Legendary Coach Bobby Bowden Beats COVID, Then Gets Bashed For Political Stance

Bobby Bowden will turn 91 in a couple of weeks, which puts him in a high-risk category for catching COVID-19. His age also makes him at risk for not surviving it, according to statistics. The legendary coach not only tested positive for the coronavirus recently, but he beat the virus.

Bowden beat a lot of football teams in his 40 years of coaching between West Virginia University and Florida State University. His overall record (including bowl games) was 377-134-5.

After the coach was released from the hospital for coronavirus observation, he said this week that "God just wasn't ready to take me home" yet.

"I want to thank all the many many people who were thinking of and praying for me over the last few weeks," Bowden said in a statement through his son, Tommy. "I just went through a battle with COVID-19 and God just wasn't ready to take me home yet to be with him.

"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 (wife) Ann and all my children, I beat it," Bowden said.

Bobby Bowden
Bobby Bowden will turn 91 in a couple of weeks, which puts him in a high-risk category for catching COVID-19. His age also makes him at risk for not surviving it, according to statistics. The legendary coach not only tested positive for the coronavirus recently, but he beat the virus. Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images

Bowden, who will turn 91 on November 8, then said this was just one more victory in life, and that he was grateful so he could vote in the upcoming election.

"I've had a 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," Bowden said.

It was that last line that had folks across many spectrums attacking him—because he said he would vote for Trump. The president thanked the coach, though.

"The GREAT Bobby Bowden, one of the best coaches EVER in College Football, on his full recovery from Covid-19 "....America is the greatest country this side of heaven. I've had a chance to get a lot of wins in my life, but I really wanted to win this one because I wanted....," Trump said over a span of two tweets.

The GREAT Bobby Bowden, one of the best coaches EVER in College Football, on his full recovery from Covid-19 “....America is the greatest country this side of heaven. I’ve had a chance to get a lot of wins in my life, but I really wanted to win this one because I wanted....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2020

Though there were many who defended the coach, there were those who spewed venom for political reasons.

#bobbybowden glad ur not coaching anymore your trump tweet shows senility #TrumpVirus

— Deefer (@deeferish) October 22, 2020

As a long time Nokes fan I'll give Bobby Bowden major credit for a winning football team. BUT obviously he should have stuck to football!!! How is itthat you only appeal to racists bigots and the gullible people?
NOT for MUCH longer!

— Joy Flavelll ✍️ #HandMarkedPaperBallots ✍️ (@joy_flavell) October 22, 2020

I fixed the headline....

Former FSU coach Bobby Bowden says he wanted to beat COVID-19 so he could vote for a man who entices and supports racists and bigots https://t.co/oyxNixHseX

— Baby Yoda (@iam_marcusb) October 22, 2020

FSU currents and alums...y'all gonna shun Bobby Bowden or nah? Cause that FSU hat stay on his head with these headlines of him saying, he's glad he survived Covid so he could live to vote for Trump 🤦🏾‍♂️

— Shad (@Fit_Nurse_Shad) October 22, 2020

Bowden tested positive for COVID-19 on October 3 and was admitted to the hospital three days later. He became one of the most-notorious coaches to contact the virus.

He is second all-time in career wins only behind Joe Paterno.