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February 02, 2014

Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones Selected to NFL Hall of Fame, FSU Doubles HOF Count


Saturday will be remembered as a day for the ages in Tallahassee. After celebrating the third National Championship in the school's history at Doak Campbell Stadium in the early afternoon Seminoles fans were also greeted with news that two of their own, Derrick Brooks and Walter Jones, had been selected to join the NFL Hall of Fame.

Derrick Brooks (1991-1994) was twice selected a consensus NCAA All-American and helped lead the Seminoles to their first national championship in 1993. He would go on to have a legendary 14-year NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brooks is one of the most beloved athletes to ever play at FSU and he was a winner at every level he played. He won a state title as a high schooler, he won a national title at FSU and he was instrumental in the Buccaneers' first Super Bowl win. Brooks is also a pillar of the community, having earned the "Great Floridian" award last year for his philanthrophic endeavors.

Walter Jones (1995-1996) was only a Seminole for two years after trasnferring from a junior college -- he played but a single season after redshirting his first year. Still, despite the brief duration of his tenure Jones is bar-none the best offensive lineman to have come out of the Florida State. Over the course of a dominant 12-year NFL career Jones established himself as the top left tackle in the game, earning nine Pro Bowl selections and All-Pro six times.

Both players were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft and both were selected to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. This marks the tenth time in NFL history two players from the same college were inducted in the same HOF class, it is just the second time in history that both players from the same school were first-ballot selections.

FSU now has four NFL Hall of Famers -- Deion Sanders and Fred Biletnikoff being the other two.


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