June 21, 1999 - by
Andre Wadsworth Gives $50,000 to School

May 20, 1999

Tallahassee, FL — Former Florida State football star Andre
Wadsworth has donated $50,000 to the Seminole Athletics department, the
school announced on Thursday.

Wadsworth, who earned consensus All-America honors as a senior
defensive end for the Seminoles in 1997, was drafted by the Arizona
Cardinals with the third pick of the 1998 NFL draft. Wadsworth had 16
sacks as a senior and earned ACC Player of the Year honors. He was the
runner-up for the Lombardi Trophy, which recognizes the nation’s top

“My experience at Florida State was something I can’t really
compare to anything else in my life,” said Wadsworth. “The school has been
great to me. From Coach Bowden, to the education I received to the way the
athletic department treated me. And especially me, who came to school
without a scholarship. It was just such a great experience that I want to
do what I can to say thank you.

“I’m blessed with the resources now, so I thought “why not give
back to the school.” This is the least I could do for the wonderful future
they provided me.”

“During his years at Florida State, Andre exemplified all the
qualities you cherish in a student-athlete,” said Dave Hart, Director of
Athletics at FSU. “Andre has his priorities aligned correctly and this
gesture only reinforces that. We appreciate Andre’s gift. We’re all very
proud of him.”

Wadsworth joins fellow Seminole and NFL defensive end Peter
Boulware in the generous giving, as well as sack categories. Boulware, who
was the NFL’s Rookie of the Year in 1997 with Baltimore, made a $50,000
gift to the school last year.

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