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July 8, 2003

All-Time Seminole Quarterback: Charlie Ward

All-Time Seminole Quarterback: Charlie Ward


BORN: October 12, 1970
BIRTHPLACE: Thomasville, Georgia
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'1/190 pounds
CURRENT JOB: Point Guard for the New York Knicks (26th pick in the 1994 NBA Draft)
FSU LETTERS: Football 1989-1993 & Basketball 1991-1994

In the Warchant.com Fan Poll Ward received 760 out of 1119 votes (68%). Chris Weinke came in second with 28% of the vote.

The Florida State media guide calls Charlie Ward the most heralded athlete in the history of college football. There's a good reason for that. During his Seminole career the Thomasville, Georgia native won over 30 awards including the 1993 Heisman Trophy. He also set 19 school and seven ACC records while starting for two years at quarterback. Ward led FSU to its first national championship in 1993 and set the standard by which all other college quarterbacks are judged.

Ward's senior season was one of the best ever by a college quarterback. He won literally every award he was eligible for that year. In his final season the fleet-footed signal caller completed nearly 70 percent of his pass attempts, threw for 27 touchdowns against only four interceptions, and racked up over 3,000 yards passing. That gave him an impressive 157.8 quarterback rating. He also ran for another 339 yards and four touchdowns.

Ward is one of seven players to have their jerseys/numbers retired. Also, Ward's jersey is on permanent display inside the Seminole locker room.


1993 Heisman Trophy
Davey O'Brien Award
Maxwell Award
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
AAU Sullivan Award
Walter Camp Player of the Year
Scripps & Howard Player of the Year
ACC Player of the Year
Toyota Leader of the Year
Sporting News Player of the Year
UPI Player of the Year
Football News Offensive Player of the Year
ACC All-Academic Team
1992 AP Third Team All-American
1993 AP First Team All-American
UPI First Team All-American
1993 Football Writers Assn. First Team All-American
1993 Sporting News First Team All-American
1993 Football News First Team All-American
1993 Walter Camp First Team All-American
1993 Kodak First Team All-American
1993 Scripps & Howard First Team All-American
1993 NCAA Consensus First Team All-American
Member of the FSU athletics Hall of Fame

Career Statistics
Att Comp Comp% Yards TDs Ints Rush Yards TDs
750 473 63.3% 5,747 49 22 172 889 10

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