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Burt Reynolds Burt Reynolds went on to star on the screen, not the gridiron.
Robert Urich Robert Urich played the unglamorous position of offensive lineman at FSU, before hitting Hollywood.

FSU football has produced a celebrated history of television and movie
actors led by Burt Reynolds, for whom the former athletic dorm was
named. Buddy, to his teammates at FSU in 1954, Reynolds was a highly
regarded running back from W. Palm Beach. He gained 134 yards as a
freshman, including a 54-yard touchdown run against Auburn. Reynolds
tried a comeback at FSU in 1957 after an auto accident left him with a
bad knee, and was starting in the secondary, until an NC State
receiver ran behind their bench and back on the field for an
incredible touchdown that sent Buddy packing for Hollywood. Paul
Gleason, a teammate of Reynolds, is also a very successful actor who
has played a number of memorable roles including that of Clarence
Beaks, the maligned courier of crop reports in “Trading Places.” In
1964 and ’65, Robert Urich was a dashing offensive lineman for the
Seminoles before leaving for the bright lights of Hollywood and TV
starring roles that included “Vegas,” “Spencer for Hire” and most
recently “The Lazarus Man.” Danny Green played at FSU from 1971-73 and
has starred on the big screen with his most recent role coming in the
1996 release “Kingpin.”

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