Bobby Bowden picks up the phone at his home in Tallahassee, Florida, and excuses himself, asking me to hold on while he moves to another room.
“I’m watching the Babe Ruth story,” he says. “I haven’t watched that in years.”
Not unlike the rest of us, that will help us get past the coronavirus pandemic that has the world in its grip. But for Bowden, who turned 90 in November, this is about as concerned as he has ever been when it comes to his surroundings and even his health.
“I don’t think there is a man or a woman in the United States of America that could envision something like this happening,” he said. “An invisible germ. … if it was visible maybe we could handle it.