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Bobby Bowden reveals bout with prostate cancer

Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:57 am
Edited on: September 13, 2011 6:54 pm
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Posted by Chip Patterson

Two years after his retirement from the coaching ranks, legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is going public about a health issue that he has kept secret for four years.

In an interview with USA Today and also an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, Bowden acknowledged he underwent treatment for prostate cancer in the spring of 2007. The move is being coordinated with his new position as a spokesperson for On The Line, a national cancer education initiative.

"I did not understand the significance of prostate cancer back then," Bowden said in an interview with USA Today. "What I knew was when something like that happens to a coach and your opponents find out about it, the first thing they say is 'Don't go to Florida State, Coach Bowden is about to die.'

"If I knew then what I know now, I would have considered it my moral duty to bring it out in the open. I thought it was the right thing to do then, but that's not the message now."

Bowden made his announcement on Good Morning America as part of September's prostate cancer awareness month. The legendary coach was 77 years old when his cancer was discovered in a routine physical. He then underwent treatment, which was performed by former Florida State football player Joe Camps, and has been cancer free since the procedure.

Bowden's message is erase the macho attitude that many men carry when addressing their own health, and encourage people to go get checked. He will continue his work with On The Line, making appearances at public functions and in public service announcement.

"One of six men is going to have this thing," Bowden said. "That may not seem like much, but if you were flying to Los Angeles and were told that there was one out of six chances the plane would crash, would you get on that plane? I felt good, I was active, I never would have done anything if my doctor hadn't called after my blood tests. The big thing I learned was, don't ignore it and don't be afraid to talk about it."

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Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:26 am
 

What the hell century does that man live in ?

I`ve had cancer.Throat.All most died."I did not understand the significance of prostate cancer back then".His quote. God love him,but what the hell is he doing at a college if he dosen`t understand cancer in this day and age ?? Keeping cancer a secret is NOT a good idea.And NOT what you want to be teaching college kids.God bless`ya coach,i feel your pain,and then some.Literrally



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:13 am
 

Bobby Bowden reveals bout with prostate cancer

This begs the question why he didn't step down when diagnosed? He had nothing left to prove and it was quite obvious he was the head coach in name only, making 7 figures for essentially a PR job. There's no way a man his age could have undergone treatment for prostate cancer and still had the strength to do his job, whatever that was. Maybe if he hadn't come off as such a cocky arrogant bigoted SOB during the latter part of his career, collecting a huge paycheck for a job he clearly wasn't doing, more people would comment positively. While no one wishes cancer on the man, an SOB with cancer is still an SOB.



It is amazing how much rival butthurt fans are so up in arms about this.

Sad, really.




Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:04 am
 

Bobby Bowden reveals bout with prostate cancer

I have listened to Bowden speak hundreds of times over the last 30 years.  What an absolute class act this man is.  God bless him and dadgumit, I hope he lives to be 100.



Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:18 am
 

Bobby Bowden reveals bout with prostate cancer

This begs the question why he didn't step down when diagnosed? He had nothing left to prove and it was quite obvious he was the head coach in name only, making 7 figures for essentially a PR job. There's no way a man his age could have undergone treatment for prostate cancer and still had the strength to do his job, whatever that was. Maybe if he hadn't come off as such a cocky arrogant bigoted SOB during the latter part of his career, collecting a huge paycheck for a job he clearly wasn't doing, more people would comment positively. While no one wishes cancer on the man, an SOB with cancer is still an SOB.



Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:46 pm
 

Bobby Bowden reveals bout with prostate cancer

As much as I despise Bobby Bowden and always will, I would never wish any kind of cancer upon even my worst enemy.  I do commend him for not making it public.  However, it does show how obdurate he is when he refuses to quit when the team's performance is declining along with his deteriorating health.  The only thing this man ever cared about was $$$$$$$$$$$$.  To me, it is kind of funny how he calls himself a "devout" Christian when it is quite obvious he is a pathological liar and a selfish, greedy bastard. 

The bottom line is that he should have resigned a long time ago.  The writing was on the wall when you are losing 6 straight times to Miami, losing to Zook's Gators at home, and losing three straight times to bottom feeder Wake Forest.  FSU already looked like a bunch of freaking twits at the time and Bobby looked like a twat.  The damage was done and now it may be too late to reverse the debilitating effects of the last decade of Bobby's tenure because he was too selfish to quit when he should have quit.

At the end of his tenure, FSU was reduced to a 2nd rate power.  Nobody respects FSU anymore because of how far the program falled under this dimwit in the last decade. Now everywhere I go, I get mocked when I tell them I am an FSU graduate as they mention the cheating scandal in 2007.  Once again, that falls on Bobby because the players did not fear getting kicked off the football team for any ill advised decision they made.  Thus, they cheated like a bunch of idiots and got the proverbial slap on the wrist from the tissue soft Bowden.  The bottom line is that Bobby's definition of discipline was a joke.

Under this new head coach Fisher, the players have bought into a code of conduct.  Look at what happened to Jarmon Fortson when he violated team rules: his arse got canned out of the program.  After that point, I have not heard of any FSU player making news for the wrong reasons.  They are not driving with a suspended license, getting DUI's, racking up thousands of dollars worth of parking tickets, and beating up their girlfriends.  I love Jimbo and the discipline he has brought to this program.  There are standards once again.  For the first time ever as an FSU fan, I can say I believe in the coaching staff. 

In short, I want to thank Coach Bowden for his honesty, but it does not change the way I feel about him.  In all fairness, my opinion of him could not be any lower than it is.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Bobby Bowden reveals bout with prostate cancer

He didn't release the report because they would've made him step down pure and simple. Everytime Joe Paterno has had a health issue, he heads upstairs to coach, that wasn't cancer, but you can see right off they don't want him on the sidelines.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Bobby Bowden reveals bout with prostate cancer

I feel sad for the individuals who have no sympathy for coach Bobby B. Why? Where is it posted that any individual with an illness needs to make it public? Where? It's really sad. The only reason you have no sympathy it because you didn't know back 3 or 4 years ago about the illness. I didn't realize that there was a 24/7 hotline that anyone had to tell the public about the injuries or illnesses. Whether that individual is an important person or not an important person.

I'm sure some of you non-sympathic people have had some sort of illness. Did you let the media know about it? I doubt it. Just because coach Bobby B didn't let us know until now shouldn't make you anyless sympathic towards him. He doesn't want any extra special treatment. He gets enough being FSU's number #1 coach.

 "What I knew was when something like that happens to a coach and your opponents find out about it, the first thing they say is 'Don't go to Florida State, Coach Bowden is about to die.'
Just put yourself into a high school kid and your dream is to play for coach Bobby B. You meet with other schools and they say "You know Bobby Bowden has cancer right?" The kid says no. The kid thinks cancer isn't good and usually leads to bad things. You lost that recruit. And this would go on until Bobby left FSK "What I knew was when something like that happens to a coach and your opponents find out about it, the first thing they say is 'Don't go to Florida State, Coach Bowden is about to die.'" And this goes on to the next recruit and so forth, until there isn't anyone wanting to come to FSU.

Bobby B did the right thing for him and the school. Whether you think it was selfish or not. Bobby has always been a straight shooter. It's one of two main reasons why I'm a FSU fan. The other was watching Deion Sanders.

He just wants to let everyone know that if you have prostate cancer, that it's ok. You don't have to hide it. Yes, it might be easier for him to say this now. But, then again thats his choice. 




Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Bobby Bowden reveals bout with prostate cancer

Bobby Bowden is a class act, no doubt. He has been an insperation to many young men and women throughout the country. I have had the privilege to listen to him speak at my wifes church recently and this oly solidifide my love for this great man. It was trulely Gods. blessing that Bobby Bowden survived his bout with cancer to go on and teach others of the warning signs and that no one man is too great to be affected by cancer. God bless Coach Bowden,He is truely an insperation to many.







Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Bobby Bowden reveals bout with prostate cancer

To Coach Bowden, I say thank you for all you've done for FSU football. I wish you good health and happiness.


To all of the imbeciles who are criticizing the coach on this topic, I say you are the most brainless bunch of knuckle-dragging morons ever to pick your nose and eat it on this planet. You know nothing of Coach Bowden, if you think he was looking for face time on TV, or trying to protect his job and legacy by not coming out with this information, you are a jack-hole of the first division. Do the world a favor and walk east untill your hat floats.



Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Bobby Bowden reveals bout with prostate cancer

I am a prostate cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2002 and opted to have the radical surgery. I have been declared cancer free. Everyone is different, some keep it private, others do not. I chose to talk about it openly so that my friends and others would make sure they got routinely checked. I even wore the blue wristband hoping people would ask me what it meant. Sadly, men by in large are stubborn thinking it can't happen to them. Just get checked, it is a simple blood test. You need to establish a baseline as early as age 40. I was diagnosed at age 49. Several years ago I asked my urologist what would have happened had I not done anything. His simple reply was that I would have lasted no longer than three years. I am still here, healthy. Take care of yourself. Get checked out on a consistent basis. Best to all.


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