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Celebrity Sightings: Super Human Charlie Ward

Charlie Ward, Super Human Being

Charlie Ward, one of the greatest two-sport stars in the history of college athletics, is the only Heisman Trophy Winner to play in the NBA. He won the Heisman in leading the Seminoles to the 1993 National Championship in football and was drafted by the New York Knicks in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft. As a basketball star at Florida State, Ward played in 91 games as a Seminole. He led Florida State to the 1991 Metro Conference Championship and played in three NCAA Tournaments.

Ward often displayed his super-human athletic ability during his career as a Seminole. In particular, after throwing for 286 yards in leading the Seminoles to a National Championship clinching victory over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl on January 1, 1994, Ward was on the basketball court just 15 days later for the Seminoles in an ACC game at NC State on January 16.

On the basketball court, Ward led the Seminoles to within one game of the 1994 NCAA Final Four. He was a starter on Florida State’s Sweet 16 team in 1992 and hit the game winning shot in its Metro Conference Tournament Championship game win over Louisville in 1991. Ward still holds Seminole basketball records for steals in a game (nine) and career (238) and ranks ninth all-time in assists (396).

As we continue to celebrate Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and Florida State’s success in 2020, seminoles.com sat down with Ward for #CelebritySightings – the Hottest Ticket in Tallahassee. It’s a series of interviews that showcase the celebrities who enjoyed front row seats to the Seminoles’ magical run to the ACC Championship.

What moment or game do you remember the most as a member of the Florida State Basketball team?
I remember the Metro Championship game against Louisville in The Roanoke Coliseum.  We were down big in that game, but we made a great comeback that resulted in us winning the Metro Championship before we entered the ACC.

What do you recall the most about your first game as a Seminole basketball player against Texas Southern in 1991?
Of course, I was nervous but excited to play in my first game in the Civic Center!  I was a back-up point guard at the time but enjoyed every minute of my first experience in college basketball.

Who is the best college basketball player you played against during your career as a Seminole?
I was blessed to be able to play against very good players over my college career and it would be hard to choose one, but if I had to choose one it would be Randolph Childress from Wake Forest.  He was a guy that could shoot it very well coming off screens and had a nice handle to go along with that jumper.

Of the many gyms and arenas you played in as a Seminole where did you enjoying playing the most?
The Smith Center at the University of North Carolina was one of my favorite places to play, and we were able to have some good success in there.   The toughest arena to play in was Cameron Indoor because they had a great team and the fans were relentless.  Their spirit would shake the floor, and they would always talk trash to you, as well.

Of all of the NCAA Tournament games you have watched or played in, which had the greatest ending – or buzzer-beating moment?
I can remember the Christian Laettner shot to beat Kentucky at the buzzer which was an amazing shot and execution!

Celebrity Sightings: Super Human Charlie Ward
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