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!
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.