A legendary college football coach is standing by a coach at the high school level in Washington who lost his job after refusing to stop praying after games.

Former Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy is taking his fight to the Supreme Court, hoping to be reinstated.

A petition was filed on behalf of Kennedy, and his attorneys hold that he was "wrongfully 'fired,'" according to the Kitsap Sun.

"The district kept Kennedy on leave for the remainder of the 2015 football season and did not renew his contract in 2016," Chris Henry reported.


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Former Florida State University head football coach Bobby Bowden said Tuesday on "Fox & Friends" that he's adding his name to the petition.

He told Steve Doocy that he, like Kennedy, always led his team in prayer following games.

"I thought it was part of the program," he said. "It was for us."

The Sun reported that Kennedy and his team's argument is based on freedom of speech.

"Kennedy and his attorneys argue that the district violated his right to freedom of speech by halting his practice of praying on the field after games after district officials learned he'd been doing so for years."

"We need something stronger than us to seize this," Bowden said. "I think we need to go to the man upstairs."

Bowden said that regardless of the outcome of Kennedy's Supreme Court fight, the coach is a winner.

"I'd want him coaching my son. These young men are in the hands of their coach. ... I would love for my son to play for coach [Kennedy]," he said.

Watch the segment above.


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