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Retired Numbers / Jerseys


#25 Fred Biletnikoff
Wide Receiver (1962-64)

Biletnikoff played wide receiver at Florida State from 1961-64 under Head Coach Bill
Peterson. He was FSU’s first consensus All-American. As a senior, he ranked fourth
in the nation with 57 receptions for 11 touchdowns, not including four touchdown catches
in the Gator Bowl. Following his collegiate success, Biletnikoff went on to star for
the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League for 14 years. During that time, he
played in four Pro Bowls and was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI.





#34 Ron Sellers
Wide Receiver (1966-68)

Sellers remains the most prolific receiver in FSU history. He held most of the NCAA
receiving records from the end of his senior season in 1968 until 1987. A flanker
for Florida State from 1966 to 1968, he accumulated 3,979 yards on 240 receptions.
Sellers’ career was marked by consistency, quality and quantity. He caught passes
in 30 consecutive games, averaging 119.9 yards per game. Sellers also led Florida State
to three bowl games during his playing days.





#50 Ron Simmons
Noseguard (1977-1980)

The greatest defender in Florida State history, Ron Simmons’ number 50 was retired in
1988. Simmons anchored the center of the defense that took FSU to a pair of Orange Bowl
appearances in 1979 and 1980, resulting in FSU’s highest national rankings ever at that
time. A dominating noseguard and the Tribe’s first two-time consensus All-American,
Simmons seemed to camp out in opponents’ backfields. He totalled 25 quarterback sacks and
44 tackles for loss — both Florida State records — during his career. He was the first
Seminole defender to have his number retired.





#2 Deion Sanders
Cornerback (1985-88)

Deion Sanders is the finest defensive back in Florida State history and was so recognized
when his jersey was retired in 1995. The winner of the 1988 Jim Thorpe award signifying
the nation’s top defensive back, Sanders was a two-time All-American who electrified the
nation with his acrobatic interceptions and remarkable moves as a punt returner. Sanders’
legend grew over his junior and senior seasons with the widespread use of his nickname
“Prime Time,” but he remained one of the hardest working players in FSU history. His 14
career interceptions ranked second all-time when he left in 1988 and he holds the career
record for punt return yardage with 1,429.





#17 Charlie Ward
Quarterback (1990-93)

The most heralded athlete in the history of college football, Charlie Ward’s jersey was
retired during a ceremony in Doak Campbell Stadium celebrating his Heisman Trophy. Ward
led the Seminoles to the 1993 national championship and set 19 school and seven ACC records
while starting two years at quarterback. A consensus All-American, Ward won over 30
individual awards in addition to the Heisman. In addition to becoming FSU’s all-time total
offense leader with 6,636 yards, he also has the highest completion rate for a career (62.3%)
and lowest interception percentage (2.90). Ward set the FSU record for TD passes in a season
with 27 in 1993.





#28 Warrick Dunn
Running back (1993-1996)

Warrick Dunn’s four-year career at Florida State established him as one of the most popular
players in all of college football and the finest running back in the 50 year history of
Florida State football. Dunn is the only Seminole ever to rush for over 1,000 yards in three
consecutive seasons. His 3,959 career rushing yards broke Greg Allen’s school record set
in 1984. Dunn also broke Allen’s single season rushing record when he ran for 1,242 yards as
a junior in 1995. Dunn has the record for most touchdowns scored in a career with 49 over
four seasons and rushed for over 100 yards more times (21) than any player at FSU. He was a
three-time All-ACC selection as well as a member of the ACC all-academic team. He was
selected to the first team Football Writer’s All-America squad as a senior and earned second
team Associated Press honors that same year. Dunn’s jersey is the first to be retired by
Florida State. His number (#28) may be worn in the future by FSU players, but his jersey
will always be displayed in the Moore Athletic Center along with the five previously retired
numbers.


#16 Chris Weinke
Quarterback (1997-2000)

The first three-year starter at quarterback for the Seminoles under Bobby Bowden, Chris Weinke became just the seventh Seminole to have his number/jersey retired when his jersey was retired at halftime of the 2001 spring game. Weinke became the school’s second Heisman Trophy when he was named the nation’s best football player in December 2000. Weinke led the nation in passing as a senior with 4,167 yards and averaged 347.3 yards per game. Weinke led the Seminoles to an undefeated season and the national championship as a junior in 1999 and compiled a remarkable 32-3 record as a starter at FSU, which is the seventh best winning percentage in NCAA history. Weinke set both the Florida State and Atlantic Coast Conference record for career passing with 9,839 career passing yards and would set 26 school records during his career. His 79 career touchdown passes ranks as the 12th best performance in the NCAA history and his career passing yards place him at 18th on the NCAA’s all-time list. Weinke owns the first, second and fourth best passing games in FSU history headlined by a school record 536 passing yards against Duke in 2000. Weinke also won the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas trophies as a senior signifying his selection as the nation’s best quarterback. FSU’s policy changed in 1997 and the department began to retire the jersey’s of all-time greats but allow the numbers to be worn again. Weinke joins only Charlie Ward as FSU quarterbacks who have had their jerseys honored and will be listed along with Fred Biletnikoff, Ron Sellers, Ron Simmons, Deion Sanders and Warrick Dunn as the only Seminole’s so honored.


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