Head coach Bobby Bowden called Willie Jones “the best player in the country at his position” during his career as a defensive end from 1975-78 that included 20 sacks. Jones was one of the main building blocks in Bowden’s move to mold Florida State into a national powerhouse. Three times he was named to the All-South Independent team and as a senior, he was named to three All-America teams, including AP and UPI. He was the 1977 Tangerine Bowl MVP and finished his career by taking MVP honors in the 1978 Senior Bowl. A second round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 1979, Jones led the club in quarterback sacks (10) in his rookie season. He played five years for the Raiders and was a member of the 1981 Super Bowl squad.