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Todd Bowles had golf ball-sized mass removed from throat

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During last season, Jets coach Todd Bowles felt a lump in his throat.

But it wasn’t due the nerves of being a first-time head coach, it was an actual lump in his throat.

Via Darryl Slater of, the Jets head coach had surgery in January to remove a benign mass in his throat.

It was almost the size of a golf ball,” Bowles said.

He said he wouldn’t need any further treatment since the mass wasn’t malignant, and other than not being able to talk for a few days afterward, he was fine. “It messed up my singing vocals,” he said, “but other than that, it was fine.”

He discovered the mass early last season, and said it caused him some discomfort swallowing. But after seeing a doctor, he was told he’d be fine to wait until after the season to get it removed.

“It was just how much pain tolerance I could take,” Bowles said. “It was fine. It wasn’t a big deal. It was pressing up against the artery, and I had trouble swallowing a little bit. I didn’t want to get it done during the season, if something went wrong. So I just waited until after the season.”

He’s speaking normally now, and relieved to be in spot where it wasn’t something more serious.

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10 Responses to “Todd Bowles had golf ball-sized mass removed from throat”
  1. touchdownelvis says: Feb 25, 2016 7:06 AM

    Scary stuff. Glad to hear that he’s okay.

  2. logast says: Feb 25, 2016 7:16 AM

    Glad that it was benign. I really hate the Jets. However, Bowles is a great coach and looks to be a good man.

  3. johnny1979 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:23 AM

    Forget football, just happy that the man is ok and it wasn’t something serious. Stay healthy coach!

  4. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Feb 25, 2016 7:41 AM

    That is nothing… Rex Ryan has a small piece of brain lodged inside his head !

  5. kahnsbushymustache says: Feb 25, 2016 7:58 AM

    After further testing, the mass turned out to be a transmitter designed to send play calls to Bill Belichick’s headset during games against the Patriots…

  6. floratiotime says: Feb 25, 2016 8:41 AM

    That explains the late season choking.

  7. bigjdve says: Feb 25, 2016 8:49 AM

    I truly hope he is okay. He seems to be as classy a coach as he was a player.

  8. vikingforlife says: Feb 25, 2016 9:10 AM

    Oh, that poor man! My best to him and his family. He is lucky and hopefully out of the woods. It had to he aggravating as hell, think about it!!! There are many teams who wish they would have landed him as a coach, the Jets are very lucky in many ways, as well!!!

  9. cometkazie says: Feb 25, 2016 9:11 AM

    Heal well, coach.

  10. zeke2517 says: Feb 25, 2016 1:30 PM

    “That explains the late season choking.”

    Stay classy.

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