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Seminoles will honor two former greats this upcoming season

Jamil King

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Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

It may still just be spring ball, but FSU football had some significant announcements today.

No, they didn’t name a starting quarterback or give their players single digit numbers back. They did, however, gain a new member into its Athletic Hall of Fame.

Former player, long time assistant coach and interim head coach last season, Odell Haggins was announced as the newest member of the club.

Coach O as some call him is an FSU legend to some fans. He was on the front end of Florida State’s dynasty years, starring at nose guard for the Seminoles in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. FSU posted a 39-8-1 record with Haggins on the defensive line, and he was part of four bowl-winning teams.

A ninth-round pick in the 1990 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Haggins went on to play for the Buffalo Bills during their 1991 Super Bowl season. Following a three-year NFL career, he returned to Florida State.

Haggins took over for the last two games of 2017 following the departure of Jimbo Fisher and led the Noles to a 2-0 record. New coach Willie Taggart kept him on as an associate head coach and defensive tackles coach.

The Noles also announced that former great Peter Warrick would get his number 9 retired this fall.

Warrick primarily played wide receiver and returned punts, leading Florida State to BCS National Championship Game appearances in 1998 and 1999.

He caught for 3,500+ yards in his career and still holds the record for most receiving touchdowns (32) in a career at Florida State. Warrick was the fourth overall pick of the Bengals in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played six seasons, but his career was plagued by ankle injuries and he never lived up to his draft status, scoring only 18 career TDs in the NFL.

As the Noles get ready for their first season under a new regime, it is a nice time for the fans to reflect on great times and applaud two former great players.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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