June 17, 2014 - by

Steve Tensi Bio

  Steve Tensi
Steve Tensi

Hall of Fame Class:
1981 (Football)

In 1961, a tall quarterback from Cincinnati came to Florida State and proceeded to rewrite all Seminole passing records. Steve Tensi completed 275 passes in 508 attempts for 3,697 yards and 33 touchdowns. These four standards as well as his 3,609 yards in total offense, all became career offense marks. In addition, he established records in every passing category over a single season. On the receiving end of many of his throws was Fred Biletnikoff and the combination of Tensi to Biletnikoff became one of the most famous in college football. He quarterbacked the 1964 Seminoles to a 9-1-1 record which included FSU’s first victory over Florida and a victory over Oklahoma in the Gator Bowl. In that Gator Bowl, Tensi threw a bowl record five touchdown passes, still an FSU record for all bowl games. After graduation, Tensi played for several years for San Diego and Denver in the NFL.

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