Joe Camps, one of the first great defensive backs of the Bobby Bowden era at Florida State, proved to be as valuable to the Seminole athletic program after graduation as he was on the field. Dr. Camps’ achievements as a citizen, in his profession and as a supporter of FSU athletics have made him a role model.
Camps was a starting strong safety on the Seminoles’ 1975 team which ranked second in the nation against the pass, allowing only 63.5 yards passing per game. He was one of the hardest and most instinctive hitters of his time. Camps tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries as a junior.
Camps earned three varsity letter (1974-76) as a member of Bowden’s first Seminole teams. He earned the Bob Crenshaw Award, which is given annually to the “player with the biggest heart” as voted on by the members of the team, as a senior in 1976.
Camps was Bowden’s first player at FSU to become a physician. Dr. Camps has been active in the Seminole Boosters, serving as Chairman of the Board in 1997. He has continued his close affiliation with the university by serving as an educator and lecturer to Seminole student-athletes.