It’s finally here! Kickoff against Notre Dame is tomorrow…
Continuing our series from 9 days ago, we are counting down the days until Florida State Football is back!
This week, we’re looking at players who wore single digits.
#2- Deion Sanders
Best to wear a single digit at FSU? Come on…. I didn’t even get to watch him play and I know the answer… PRIME TIME. Whether it was returning punts for touchdowns or locking down wideouts Deon was iconic and electric at everything he did. He coupled the amazing college career with a hall of fame career in the NFL as well. He laid the foundation for players like Jalen Ramsey, Derwin James, Rhodes, and all the others that contribute to DBU. Not only is Prime Time the best to wear a single digit, he’s the best player FSU has ever had.
#4- Dalvin Cook
Cook is my personal all time favorite Nole and this may be a hot take, I personally feel the best tailback to ever sport the Garnet and Gold. In just three years, Cook broke Warrick Dunn’s career rushing record of 3,959 at Florida State and finished with 4,464 rushing yards.
Without a doubt Cook should have been invited to the Heisman trophy ceremony but was, arguably, shunned by the selection committee because of Florida State’s slanted reputation by the ESPN media. Drafted in the second round with a “steal of a pick,” The Minnesota Vikings selected Cook and has currently received 2 Pro Bowl bids and is widely considered one of the top 3 running backs in the NFL. Cook is a shoe-in to have his jersey retired by Florida State, and be inducted into the FSU and Collegiate Hall of Fames.
One of my favorite stories about Dalvin, he was my nephew’s (8) favorite player as well. My nephew drew a picture of him and wanted him to sign it. We went to Fan Day his final year at FSU, strictly for this autograph. We waited in the RB’s line the entire time, and just as the handler was pulling the player’s sharpies away, Cook saw him, stopped and signed his picture for him. It made the entire trip worth it. Cook is a class guy.
#4- Dalvin Cook
In my opinion, the most transcendent running back I’ve ever watched, Dalvin not only carries on him the aura of a Seminole legend, but is an absolute class act in doing so. He single handedly carried the program in the decline of the Fisher era, helping taking FSU to two 10-3 seasons in 15 and 16, and helping his teammates in 14 in their playoff run. A leader on offense, Dalvin demonstrated through his actions and skill on the field what these teams should aspire towards. Give up a good angle, and you had no hope of ever stopping him. For a few years, Dalvin Cook was the face of FSU Football.
#5- Jameis Winston
No real shock who I’m taking here. My Twitter bio literally mentions Jameis before it mentions my wife and kids. Don’t read too much into that.
As a noted Jameis Winston apologist, I have always been a massive fan. He’s my favorite Seminole of all time. His play during his career at FSU was simply remarkable. He never lost a game at home. He never lost a game against any rival. He went 26-1. He won the Heisman Championship. He led the game winning drive with 1:19 left in the National Championship. He threw the game winning pass in the Championship game. He was drafted #1 overall in the NFL.
#8- Devonta Freeman
Can’t believe we finally made it to this place in our countdown series. Feels like we were just doing the 90 numbers.
Anyways, when I think about what it means to be a Seminole, I think of Devonta Freeman. Never getting the credit he fully deserved but always being one of the most consistent players in program history. Obviously 2013 was his best season but he was so important to the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He was one of the glue guys that turned fsu around. His screen pass against Miami in 2013 is one of the best plays of that era. He was just a lot of fun to watch because he wouldn’t just run around you, he’d run over you! That’s why he’s one of my favorite players in program history.
#8- Jalen Ramsey
Jalen Ramsey is regarded as the best cornerback in the NFL. A versatile player at FSU, he lined up at cornerback, safety, nickel, linebacker, and even edge rusher. At the end of his career, Ramsey left FSU with 181 total tackles, 5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 22 passes defended, 4 forced fumbles, and a National Championship. My fellow Tennessean was a consensus All-American in 2015, second-team All-American in 2014, a two-time first-team All-American in ‘14 and ‘15, and was drafted 5th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2016 NFL draft. Since entering the league, he’s been a two-time first-team All-Pro, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, and has grabbed 11 interceptions so far. My all-time favorite Seminole.
#9- Peter Warrick
Who else other than the true 1999 Heisman winner, Peter Warrick? P-Dub is and always will be the most electrifying player in the history of college football. His performance against Virginia Tech in New Orleans is one of the most memorable of any player on the biggest stage as he took home the MVP award in the 2000 Sugar Bowl. To this day, I boycott Dillard’s because of that man.