June 17, 2014 - by

Buddy Strauss Bio

  Buddy Strauss
Buddy Strauss

Hall of Fame Class:
1980 (Football)

The finest offensive player in Florida State’s first football years was Buddy Strauss. A Tallahassee native, Strauss played in 1948-49 becoming the first Seminole to gain 1,000 yards rushing over his career. His 1,170 career yards record lasted for seven years until broken by Lee Corso over a four year career. Strauss’ 747 rushing yards in 1949 was a single season mark that stood until 1972. His 161 yards in a single game in 1949 was a record on the books for 28 years until shattered by Larry Key. He gained 132 yards in an upset of Wofford in his final game at the Cigar Bowl, which was the Seminoles’ first post-season appearance. The fine running back has remained a devoted supporter of Florida State University. He was active in founding the Seminole Boosters and has remained active ever since.

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