No. 25 – Wide Receiver
Came to Florida State in 1961 and three years later became the
school’s first consensus All-American.
He rewrote the Seminole record
for pass receptions during his career.
In one game, the 1964 Gator
Bowl against Oklahoma, he established single game records of 13
receptions, 192 yards and 24 points scored.
After the 1964 game
against Miami, he was honored as the Associated Press national back of
the week, the first Seminole to be so honored.
established career at FSU, Biletnikoff went on to professional fame
with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.
During his decade-plus with the
Raiders, Biletnikoff earned numerous all-pro selections, resulting in
his induction to the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, the lone Seminole in
the honored hall.
No. 34 – Wide Receiver
No man has ever gained more yards receiving passes. In an NCAA
record, still standing, he caught 240 passes for 3,979 yards. As a
result of his play, he was named consensus All-American in 1967 and
1968. He established the Florida State single-game record of 16
receptions, single game record of 260 yards and the one game mark of
five touchdowns and 30 points.
The lanky flanker also re-wrote the
season record book. His 12 touchdowns, 12 touchdown pass receptions,
80 passes caught and 1,496 total yards set the single-season standard.
Over his career, his 168 points, 28 touchdowns, 28 touchdown catches,
join his 240 receptions and 3,979 yards as program marks. In 1967,
Sellers led the nation in receiving yardage while ranking second in
receptions. After the 1968 game against Wake Forest he was named
Associated Press lineman of the week.
In the 1967 Gator Bowl against
Penn State, his 14 receptions broke Fred Biletnikoff’s record.
Sellers’ most famous catch came in 1967 at the end of a Kim Hammond
pass that defeated Florida in Gainesville.
After the 1968 season,
Sellers’ number 34 was retired. Sellers went on to star for the NFL’s
Boston Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.
No. 50 – Noseguard
When he signed out of Warner Robins High School in Georgia, he was
one of Florida State’s greatest recruiting victories. Midway through
his freshman season, Coach Bowden said, “Simmons is turning the
In 1977 he was the difference in his first game at
FSU. Following the 1977 game against North Texas State he was the
national lineman of the week.
Simmons made his jersey number 50
famous. He was ABC-TV player of the game four times and Football News
freshman defensive lineman of the year.
In 1979 and 1980 Simmons was
consensus All-American and in 1980 a Lombardi Award finalist and
captain of the Seminoles.
This 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.
Simmons went on to play for
the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits and currently reigns as a top
No. 17 – Quarterback
The most decorated player in the history of college football,
Charlie Ward won literally every award he was eligible for as a senior
Ward, who led the Seminoles to their first national
championship, became Florida State’s first Heisman Trophy winner in
A native of nearby Thomasville, Ga., Ward waited for his turn
at quarterback and overcame a rough start as a junior to become the
finest player in Florida State history.
He set 19 school records and
seven ACC records while starting those two years at quarterback. A
consensus All-American, Ward wound up winning over 30 individual
awards 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 touchdown passes in a season with 27 in 1993. He is only
the second player in the history to win the prestigious AAU Sullivan
Award. In addition to the numerous trophies and awards he garnered
during his football career, Ward is now playing professional
basketball with the New York Knicks of the NBA.
No. 2 – Cornerback
A three-sport star for football, track and baseball. As a
freshman, Sanders started in the Seminoles’ secondary, played outfield
on the baseball team which finished fifth in the nation and led the
track team to its tenth conference championship. A two-time
All-America at cornerback, Sanders was the 1988 Thorpe Award winner as
the nation’s finest defensive back.
He led the Seminoles to some of
their most memorable wins including picking off an Auburn pass with
seconds left to preserve a win over the Tigers in the 1988 Sugar Bowl.
Sanders was drafted as a professional by both the Atlanta Falcons of
the NFL and the New York Yankees of major league baseball.
continued to play two sports earning All-Pro honors with the Falcons,
San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys and becoming a superstar in
centerfield for the Braves and Giants, and now for the Reds.
extraordinary athlete, when Deion Sanders is around it’s always “Prime
No. 28 Jersey – Running Back
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 to ever rush for over 1,000 yards in three
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 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
No. 16 – 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.
No. 13 – Center
Cowens, a native Newport, Ky., did not begin playing basketball
unti his junior year in high school, but still wound up with a
scholarship to Florida State University.
Under head coach Hugh
Durham, Cowens, a three-time team MVP, averaged 19 points and 17
rebounds per game and shot 52-percent from the field in four seasons
with FSU. His rebounds per game average was among the nation’s top
ten each of his varsity seasons and his career rebound total ranks him
as the program’s best. His per game scoring average also placed among
the program’s all-time leaders.
Drafted by the Boston Celtics with
the fourth overall selection in the 1970 NBA Draft, Cowens became
Florida State’s first player selected in the draft’s opening rounds.
He immediately became a star, earning co-NBA Rookie of the Year in
1971. His best season came in 1972-73 when he was the NBA’s Most
During his 10 years in Boston, the Celtics captured
NBA Championships in 1974 and 1976. After being away from basketball
for two seasons, he returned to play 40 games for the Milwaukee Bucks
in the 1982-83 season. Cowens appeared in six NBA All-Star games and
was named to the NBA All-Defensive team three times.
number 18 was retired by Boston in 1981. He first broke into coaching
as a player/coach with the Celtics during the 1978-79 season,
replacing “Satch” Sanders.
He spent two seasons, 1994-96, as an
assistant with the San Antonio Spurs before being named the head coach
of the Charlotte Hornets in 1996.
His success immediately showed
their as he finished second in the 1996-97 NBA Coach of the Year
balloting following his first season with the Hornets.
Sue Galkantas finished her four year career as the only women’s
basketball player in the history of the program to surpass the
Her 19.9 points per game average and 2,322
career point total are both school records. Her career point total By
the time her career was over at FSU she had set 17 school records.
She led FSU to back to back 20-win seasons in 1982 and 1983 and the
school’s first appearance in post-season competition. She was named a
finalist to the 1983 Wade Trophy, one of six juniors nationwide to
earn the distinction.
Galkantas was selected to the 1982 and 1983
honorable mention All-American teams by several publications and was
also named to Street and Smith’s freshman All-American team in 1981.
Of her 120 career games, Galkantas scored in double figures 115 times
and had 54 20-point games to her credit, as well as 11 30-point games.
Over the past four years, Galkantas was named to 14 all-tournament
teams and was selected to the 1981, 1983 and 1984 All-Metro Conference
She played for the East squad at the 1981 National Sports
Festival and was nominated for the United States Olympic team trials.
She is the first female Flordia State athlete to have her jersey
No. 34 – Player/Head Coach
The first All-American in Florida State history, Dick Howser led
FSU into District III Playoffs each season from 1956-58, to the
District Championships in 1957 and ’58 and earned All-American
recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association both of
In 1956, Howser’s .422 batting average set an FSU season
mark. Upon graduation, Howser played professional baseball for the
Kansas City Athletics, the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees.
The highlight of his playing career was being named the American
League Rookie of the Year in 1961 while with the Athletics.
playing in the majors until 1968, Howser then made the transition to
coaching and later to management. Howser served as a coach for the
Yankees before accepting the head coach’s position at his alma mater,
Florida State, in 1979.
Under Howser, the Seminoles completed a
season record of 43-17-1 as well as a trip to the NCAA regional
tournament. Returning to the Major Leagues after one season at FSU,
Howser garnered an overall coaching record of 507-425 with the Yankees
and Kansas City Royals.
Among his highlights with Kansas City were
winning the American League West Championships in 1984 and 1985 and
winning the World Series in 1985. Howser passed away in 1987, after a
battle with cancer.
The FSU baseball stadium was dedicated in honor
in March of 1988 in an exhibition game between Howser’s two former
teams, FSU and Kansas City.
(to be retired during 1998 season)
During her illustrious career at Florida State, Darby Cottle
garnered some of the highest honors ever bestowed on a female athlete
at FSU. In 1982 she was named the recipient of the Broderick Award
for slow-pitch softball.
The award was presented annually to the top
16 collegiate women athletes in the country, with winners selected by
a poll of women’s athletic directors.
On top of winning the Broderick
honor, Cottle was later named the Amateur Softball Player of the Year
for Slow-Pitch Softball by the United States Olympic Committee. As a
three year starter for the Seminoles, Cottle batted .469 and led the
team in just about every hitting category during her impact junior
season, including: hits (96), doubles (11), triples (4) and home runs
(11). A native Ty Ty, Ga., Cottle led FSU to its second consecutive
AIAW national championship during that season.
Adding to her
accomplishments, Cottle was named to the AIAW All-State, All-Region
and All-National Tournament teams and All American for the second
consecutive year. During the national tournament, Cottle had 11 hits
in 16 at-bats and played errorless ball at shortstop in leading FSU to
four straight victories and the national title.