To kickoff our weekly Throwback Thursday feature, we're starting with the current National Champions - the Florida State Seminoles. But before we take a look at how the 2013 team stands in the context of previous champions (coming next week), the decade of dominance needs to be highlighted. From 1987 to 2000, FSU won 10+ games and finished in the Top 5 EVERY SEASON. With a total record of 152-19-1 over that span, Bobby Bowden established himself as an all-time great coach and brought his program to uncharted marks of excellence. 2 National Titles (1993, 1999) and 2 Heisman Winners (Ward and Weinke) are exclamation points on this steady string of success - the 1999 team became the first and only National Champion to go wire-to-wire ranked #1. The stats and numbers tell only part of the story; below is a highlight tape focusing on 4 legends from different parts of this 14-year dynasty: SANDERS, DUNN, WARRICK, BUCKLEY
Deion Sanders (1985-1988) - "Primetime" was not only a lock-down corner, but a touchdown machine, both from punt returns and PICK SIXES. He did it with flash and style that is often imitated. A defensive legend, we named our Award for the top Pick Six after him, and "Primetime" can be seen in our website header. 3 PICK SIXES, 3 Punt Return TDs
Warrick Dunn (1993-1996) - #28 became the 1st Seminole RB to rush for 1000+ in two seasons, and helped the 1993 team earn the program's first national title. Defenders rarely could get a hand on him, but if needed, Dunn could run them over.
Peter Warrick (1996-1999) - Known as the "Most Elusive Player in College Football History" Warrick was a 2-time All-American receiver who set the FSU Touchdown record. In 1999 Warrick led FSU to an undefeated national title, and was snubbed of a Heisman Trophy. [My favorite highlight reel of All-Time, posted below]
Terrell Buckley (1989-1991) - Buckley picked up where Sanders left off, manning the secondary for 3 more seasons. Buckley actually broke Deion's record for PICK SIXES (4) and added 3 punt return TD's.