Retired Numbers Jerseys

Retired Seminole Numbers & Jerseys
Since Florida State first fielded an intercollegiate football team 62 years ago,
only eight numbers/jerseys have been retired. Those numbers/jeryseys: 2, 10, 16, 17,
25, 28, 34, and 50 - belong to eight of the greatest players in FSU football
history. Deion Sanders, Derrick Brooks, Chris Weinke, Charlie Ward, Fred Biletnikoff, Warrick
Dunn, Ron Sellers, and Ron Simmons. With his blessing, Sellers' #34 was brought
out of retirement in 2003.
All of the numbers are retired other
than #10 Derrick Brooks, #16 Chris Weinke, and #28 Warrick Dunn. The others are all retired, never to be used again unless the former player agrees.
#2 Deion Sanders
Deion Sanders is the finest defensive back in Florida State history and was so
recognized when his jersey was retired in 1995. The winner of the 1988 Jim
Thorpe Award signifying the nation's top defensive back, Sanders was a two-time
All-American who electrified the nation with his acrobatic interceptions and
remarkable moves as a punt returner. Sanders' legend grew over his junior and
senior seasons with the widespread use of his nickname "Prime Time," but he
remained one of the hardest working players in FSU history. His 14 career
interceptions ranked second all-time when he left in 1988 and he held the career
record for punt return yardage when he left with 1,429.
#10 Derrick Brooks
LINEBACKER • 1991-94
Brooks was a two-time consensus All-American at outside linebacker for the Seminoles
where his blend of speed and athleticism set a new standard for the position. He starred
at FSU from 1991-94 leading FSU to its first national title as a junior and earning first team
All-ACC honors as a sophomore,
junior and senior. He was named
the ACC Player of the Year in 1994
and was a finalist for the Butkus,
Lombardi and Football Writer's
Defensive Player of the Year Award
in both 1993 and 1994. Brooks was
just as highly regarded off the field
earning first team Academic AllAmerica honors in 1994 and winning an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. In addition, he was committed to
public service causes throughout his
Seminole career. Brooks carried his
excellence both on the field and as
a citizen into his likely Hall of Fame
career as the NFL's Tampa Bay
Buccaneers' all-time leading tackler.
He was voted to 10 consecutive Pro Bowls (11 total) and at the time of his retirement had
made an NFL-leading 200 consecutive starts. He led his beloved Tampa Bay team to the
Super Bowl Championship in 2002. As a professional, Brooks has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2000 Walter Payton/NFL Man of the Year award,
the 2003 Bart Starr Award, the 2004 Bryon "Whizzer" White Award, and the 2008 JB
Award through the NFL Players association, all of which recognize an NFL player annually
for their commitment to the communities in which they live.
#16 Chris Weinke
Chris Weinke literally rewrote the Florida State record book over his career as
the Seminoles' quarterback. He set 26 school records, including both the FSU and
Atlantic Coast Conference records for career passing yards with 9,839. He led
the Seminoles to an undefeated season and the national championship as a junior
in 1999. He became FSU's second Heisman Trophy winner as a senior in 2000, while
leading the nation in passing with 4,167 yards and averaging 347.3 yards per
game. Weinke compiled a remarkable 32-3 record as the starting quarterback at
FSU, which ranked as the seventh best winning percentage in NCAA history. His 79
career touchdown passes ranked as the 12th best performance in NCAA history and
his career passing yards placed him at 18th on the NCAA's all-time list. Weinke
owned the first, second and fourth best passing games in FSU history headlined
by a school record 536 passing yards against Duke in 2000. His accomplishments
were even more impressive considering he suffered a potentially career-ending
neck injury as a sophomore. Weinke's place among Florida State's all-time
greatest players was recognized when his jersey No. 16 was retired in 2001,
making it one of only seven retired numbers/jerseys in school history. His place
among the ACC's all-time best was recognized when he was voted one of the 50
best players in the history of the conference.
#17 Charlie Ward
Florida State's Charlie Ward began his senior season in 1993 chasing both the
schools' first national championship and the Heisman Trophy. The 6-foot 2-inch,
190-pound football/basketball star would catch both and much more finishing the
year as the most heralded athlete in the history of college football. Thousands
of fans poured into Doak Campbell Stadium for a celebration of the national
championship and Ward's Heisman, which included the surprise retirement of his
number. He joined Fred Biletnikoff and Ron Sellers becoming only the third
player in FSU history to be so honored. Ward's passing and running skills were
already well known qualities by 1993, but his inspired leadership and poise
under pressure during his senior year elevated him to one of the game's all-time
greats. So exceptional was Ward's command of the offense that coaches moved him
into the shotgun to allow him to make adjustments during the play. Ward set 19
school and seven Atlantic Coast Conference records over his two years as the
starting quarterback for the Seminoles. A consensus All-American, Ward won over
30 individual awards in addition to the Heisman. Ward ranks second in career
total offense at FSU with 6,636 yards and has the highest completion rate for a
career (62.3%) and lowest interception percentage (2.90%). Ward set the FSU
record for touchdown passes in
a season with 27 in 1993.
#25 Fred Biletnikoff
Biletnikoff played wide receiver at Florida State from 1961-64 under Head
Coach Bill Peterson. He was FSU's first consensus All-American. As a senior, he
ranked fourth in the nation with 57 receptions for 11 touchdowns, not including
four touchdown catches in the Gator Bowl. Following his collegiate success,
Biletnikoff went on to star for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football
League for 14 years. During that time, he played in four Pro Bowls and was the
Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI.
#27 Terrell Buckley
CORNERBACK • 1989-91
Two-year starter and three-year letterman at Florida State (1989-91). Left as school's all-time leader in interceptions (21) and interception return yards (501). His career interception yardage total of 501 is an NCAA record also tied school records for touchdowns off interception returns (four) and punt returns (three). He was named first-team All-American and won Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to nation's top defensive back, as a junior. Led nation with 12 interceptions for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Named second-team All-American by Associated Press, The Sporting News and The Football News as a junior. Had six interceptions with two returned for touchdowns. He finished 7th in the Heisman voting in 1991. Played two years of varsity baseball and was a sprinter on the outdoor track team for one year. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the NFL draft.
#28 Warrick Dunn
RUNNING BACK • 1993-96
Warrick Dunn's four-year career at Florida State established him as one of the
most popular players in all of college
football and the finest running back in school history. Dunn is the only
Seminole ever to rush for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. His
3,959 career rushing yards broke Greg Allen's school record set in 1984. He also
broke Allen's single season rushing record when he ran for 1,242 yards as a
junior in 1995. Dunn has the record for most touchdowns scored in a career with
49 over four seasons and rushed for over 100 yards more times (21) than any
player at FSU. He was a three-time All-ACC selection as well as a member of the
ACC all-academic team. He was selected to the first team Football Writer's
All-America squad as a senior and earned second team Associated Press honors
that same year.
#34 Ron Sellers
FLANKER • 1966-68
Sellers remains the most prolific receiver in FSU history. He held most of the
NCAA receiving records from the end of his senior season in 1968 until 1987. A
flanker for Florida State from 1966 to 1968, he accumulated 3,979 yards on 240
receptions. Sellers' career was marked by consistency, quality and quantity. He
caught passes in 30 consecutive games, averaging 119.9 yards per game. Sellers
also led Florida State to three bowl games during his playing days.
#50 Ron Simmons
NOSEGUARD • 1977-80
The greatest defender in Florida State history, Ron Simmons' number 50 was
retired in 1988. Simmons anchored the center of the defense that took FSU to a
pair of Orange Bowl appearances in 1979 and 1980, resulting in FSU's highest
national rankings ever at that time. A dominating noseguard and the Tribe's
first two-time consensus All-American, Simmons seemed to camp out in opponents'
backfields. He totaled an FSU record 25 quarterback sacks and 44 tackles for
loss - a mark that held top ranking at FSU for 23 years. He was the first
Seminole defender to have his number retired.