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Trio of Former-Seminoles Nominated for NFL Hall of Fame

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Today the NFL Hall of Fame announced its list of nominees for its 2014 class and among them were four former Florida State Seminoles. 

Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn and Walter Jones are all listed on the ballot in their very first year of eligibility. All three were standouts in their time at FSU. 

Brooks was a two-time NCAA Consensus All-American who went on to play his entire NFL career for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There he was a nine-time All-Pro who helped lead the Bucs to the first and only Superbowl championship in franchise history.

Warrick Dunn is Florida State's all-time leading rusher and one of the most beloved Seminoles in the program's history. He went on to play for over a decade in the NFL for both the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he ran for over 10,000 yards in his career and was voted the Walter Payton man of the year in 2004 for his philanthropic work away from football.

Walter Jones played just one year at Florida State but is likely to go down as the greatest offensive lineman the program has ever produced. A seven-time All-Pro, Jones played his entire career in Seattle and quickly became known as one of - if not the - top left tackles in all of football. 

All three were featured this summer in the Miami Herald's countdown of the Top 25 Florida State Seminoles of All-Time. 

The list will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November, then down to 15 finalists in January. The official class will be announced February 1st, 2014. Jones and Brooks are both likely to be first ballot selections.

 

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