Bobby Bowden surprises many by saying he fought prostate cancer back in 1997!

Bobby Bowden talks about his fight with prostate cancer and why he kept that fight a secret four years ago!

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2007 file photo, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden looks up towards the scoreboard during the first quarter against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl football game in Nashville, Tenn. Bowden will have to wait a little longer to find out if he'll lose up to 14 victories from his career coaching record. The NCAA gave its Committee on Infractions another week until June 2 to respond to Florida State's appeal of sanctions resulting from an academic cheating scandal. (AP Photo/Bill Waugh, File)

Bobby Bowden may not be the head coach at Florida State anymore, but he remains quite simply one of the most beloved and admired sports figures in the country, especially in this region!
So the coach's announcement this morning that he's recovering from prostate cancer is a big deal to many of us.
As it turns out, coach Bowden has been fighting the disease since before he left coaching, with the diagnosis coming some 4 years ago.
Today, during a live interview on CNN, coach explained how he sought treatment, and why he kept that serious health issue to himself!

Bobby Bowden
Former FSU Head Coach

"Now, I sneaked... I sneaked into the clinic to have it treated. I didn't do it in the daylight where people could see. I did it early in the morning. The doctor, Joe Camps, who used to play for me, helped me on it. Why did... why didn't I... I really wasn't ashamed of it. But if your opponents find out you got cancer, man, it would have been headlines all over the dadgum state."

Bowden, the second winningest coach in dee one history, says he also wanted to avoid his cancer being a huge distraction to his players at the time. He was treated with internal radiation, and the doc's tell him he's cancer free. He says he's speaking about all this now to help raise awareness of prostate cancer, which strikes 1 in 6 men.

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