POLK COUNTY, Fla. — The grandson of Hall of Fame college football coach Bobby Bowden was killed in a one car automobile accident in Florida on Thursday.

Taylor Jeffrey Bowden, 23, and driver Rafael Fernandes De Aguiar Valim, 25, died in the crash, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. A third man in the crash — 22-year-old Robert Lewis Edwards — was rescued after spending hours in water up to his neck.

T.J. Bowden was the son of Jeff Bowden.

“Our whole family had just celebrated Christmas together in Panama City, as well as celebrated T.J.’s graduation from Florida State just three weeks ago,” Bobby Bowden said in a statement released by the University of Akron, where son Terry is the football coach. “We will cherish those last memories

Jeff Bowden is a University of Akron football assistant coach. That program already experienced tragedy this week when 44-year old offensive line and assistant head coach Alan Arrington was killed in a car crash Monday.

Bobby Bowden coached the Mountaineers between 1970-75. He coached at Florida State between 1976-2009. The 84-year-old holds the NCAA Division I record for career wins and bowl victories and he won two national championships at FSU.

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  • Bo Cephus

    Thoughts and prayers to all three families involved!! This is a tragedy for more than just the Bowden family!! :(

  • Greg

    Thoughts and prayers with BOTH families of these young men.

  • Go WVU

    Please metro news----
    Why would you allow such a post from someone using the screen name above

    Does anyone edit or screen the post names and content posted

    I am sure the conservative owner of metro news would take exception to posts like that

    Prayers to the Bowden family

    • WVMom

      Seriously? Please google the word. There is more than one meaning. If you are so easily offended by a person's screen name then maybe this is not the website for you.
      My prayers go out to the Bowden family.

  • D.P.

    How terribly sad. The Bowden Family is in my prayers. May God help you all through this tragic period.

  • Bruiser

    Deepest sympathies to the Bowden family.

  • Guardian

    Terrible news. God bless the Bowden family.

  • Prayers

    Prayers for the Bowden family...

  • cutty77

    May God Stay with The Entire Bowden Family during this Time of Sorrow.

  • Fed Up

    May God bless their family in this time of sorrry.