Bobby Bowden's Secret of Four Years Finally Comes out on National Television

Isaiah ClarkCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Bobby Bowden of the Florida State Seminoles watches his team take on the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. Florida State defeated West Virginia 33-21 in Bobby Bowden's last game as a head coach for the Seminoles.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Bobby Bowden, one of the greatest coaches in college football history and former Florida State head coach, made an announcement on Good Morning America this morning about something he had kept secret for four years.

He had cancer.

In the early part of 2007, Bowden went to see his doctor (and former Florida State safety) Joe Camps, after receiving a phone call from him regarding a blood test.

Upon arriving at his office, Camps explained to Bowden that he had prostate cancer.

Telling people was something Bowden wanted to make the right decision about, and he didn't want to let the cat out of the bag.

When asked why he kept it a secret for so long, he simply said, "I was coaching."

A typical answer by coach Bowden.

According to him, he didn't want it to affect his players, future players or give the opposing team another weapon.

Since retiring and becoming a cancer survivor, he has been the lead spokesperson for prostate cancer.

Bowden is making sure he is getting the message out to all men to go see their doctors because 1 out of every 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer someday.

Not only is he a legend and will forever be associated with Florida State football, but now he is a cancer survivor. One who has learned to not hold things back anymore and to make sure that people aren't afraid to discuss things with others.

So, I hope everyone takes coach Bowden's word of advice, dadgummit!