When Ron Simmons was signed out of Warner Robins, Georgia, he was one of Florida State’s greatest recruiting victories. He made an immediate impact as a freshman and he was the difference in his first game at FSU earning national lineman of the week honors. He would finish his first year as The Football News freshman lineman of the year. He earned consensus All-America honors in 1979 and 1980, and was a finalist for the Lombardi Trophy in 1980. The powerful middle guard led FSU to the top of the polls, into two Orange Bowls and a Tangerine Bowl and to four consecutive victories over Florida. He was the first defensive player in FSU history to have his number retired.