Bowden says he’s improving after contracting COVID-19

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Former Florida state football coach Bobby Bowden, hospitalized last week after contracting COVID-19, says he is feeling better and hopes to return home soon.
Bowden, 90, told the Tallahassee Democrat on Monday: “I’m fine. I appreciate everyone’s thoughts, I really do. “
Bowden was hospitalized last week in Tallahassee after contracting the virus. He told the newspaper that he was able to walk around his hospital room. Bowden recently spent nearly two weeks in hospital and in rehab after contracting an infection in his leg.
Bowden said the virus had hit him hard.
“You have a fever, you are frustrated, you don’t feel good, and you wonder if you were able to get up,” Bowden said. “But now it’s behind me. “
Bowden coached Florida State for 34 years, retiring after the 2009 season. He is second on the major college football career wins list at 357, behind only the late Joe Paterno of Penn State.
He won national championships in 1993 and 1999.
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