Nov. 30, 2001
Florida State plays host to Georgia Tech Saturday in the final home game for Seminole senior Chris Hope and 14 fellow seniors. The senior class has won more than 90 percent of their games played in Doak Campbell and will be sent off Saturday in an emotional senior day ceremony. Hope stopped by to talk about his last game in Doak Campbell, earning All-ACC first team honors and the Seminoles’ upcoming appearance in the Gator Bowl in his weekly drill with seminoles.com
Congratulations On Earning All-ACC honors. What Does The Honor Mean To You?
“Earning All-ACC first-team honors is something I am very proud of. I have to thank all of my teammates and the coaching staff for helping me earn the award. I could not have earned the honor without their help. Earning All-ACC honors was one of my goals entering the season and was one of the reasons I came back to school for my senior season.”
Are You Looking Forward To Your Final Game in Doak?
“My final game in Doak Campbell Stadium has come faster than I could ever have imagined. I am looking forward to playing against Georgia Tech on Saturday but wish it wasn’t my last game in the stadium. I really enjoy playing in the stadium and in front of our fans they are the greatest in the country. Hopefully I can go out a winner with a victory over Georgia Tech.”
Will The Senior Day Ceremonies Be Emotional For You?
“I am looking forward to the senior day ceremonies prior to Saturday’s game in Doak Campbell. I don’t think they will be too emotional even though I will be playing my final game in the stadium where I have spent the last four years. The opportunity I have had to play football at Florida State is one that I will miss dearly and I am thankful to be a part of such a great football tradition. Being a Seminole football player is something that I will always appreciate as one of the greatest times of my life.”
Who Will Accompany You Onto The Field For The Pregame Ceremony?
“My mom and dad and maybe my brother and sister are going to accompany me on the field for the ceremony prior to Saturday’s game. I have always looked forward to escorting my parents across the field where I am able to play football. It will be a special moment for my family and me.”
What Is Your Most Memorable Moment Or Play In Doak Campbell Stadium?
“My most memorable play in Doak Campbell was the first interception of my career on the first defensive series of the 1999 season against Louisiana Tech. We went onto win the game, 41-7, and eventually won the national championship with an undefeated 12-0 record. The victory over Louisiana Tech began our season on a high note and gave me the confidence that I could have a strong season.”
What Will You Miss The Most About Doak Campbell Stadium?
“The thing that I will miss the most is coming onto the field and feeling the pride of being a Seminole football player. It’s an awesome feeling to be part of the wining tradition, the pride and all of the emotions we have as Florida State University football players. It is great to play in this stadium knowing that we are part of what has made the Seminole program one of the best in the nation. I will always have that feeling and will always feel that pride as long as I live, but I will miss coming on the field with 80,000 of the best fans in the country cheering for you.”
What Are Your Thoughts About Playing In The Gator Bowl?
“I am very excited to be playing in the Gator Bowl. It is an opportunity for us to play in a great New Year’s Day bowl against a strong opponent. The Gator Bowl is a great bowl to be a part of and we are all looking forward to it. It is another opportunity for us to represent Florida State and the football program as well as all of our loyal fans. It is also another opportunity for the seniors to display our abilities to the entire nation. The younger guys will also be able to show the nation how special this team will be next season.