'Proud of Him for Putting God First': Championship Coach Bowden Defends HS Coach Fired Over Prayer
Retired Florida State Seminoles' Football Coach Bobby Bowden praised a Washington State high school coach fired over taking a knee in prayer on the field with his players.
Coach Joe Kennedy lost his job as an assistant football coach at a Bremerton, Wash., high school in 2015 after the school district suspended him for leading football players in prayer.
"I'm proud of him for standing up for what he believes," Bowden, who won multiple NCAA championships with FSU, said. "I'm proud of him for putting God first."
Bowden, who appeared on "The Story" with Kennedy and his attorney Jeremy Dys, said that he was sure members of Kennedy's former team are proud of him too.
"I don't know how I didn't get fired because I prayed all the time at Florida State," Bowden remarked.
Kennedy said Bowden's support is an unexpected "blessing."
"Here's this idol of football coming to my side," Kennedy said.
Bowden stressed the importance of a coach instilling values in his players through prayer, adding that during the last decade of his coaching career, many of his players came from broken homes.
"Who's going to teach these kids if teachers and coaches and politicians don't use the opportunity they have to help these people [and] pray for these people?" he asked.
"I did what you did all the time," Bowden, 88, said to Kennedy.
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