Everyone who knows me knows that I was a diehard Oklahoma Sooners fan as I was growing up. That wishbone option was every running backs dream growing up in the 80’s. Then one day my family decided to take a recruiting trip to the dirty south and as a young man I was able to witness Florida football at its finest. I made a trip to Florida State. When I arrived at Doak Walker Stadium I came with the intent of watching the Seminoles as my friends were trying to influence my fandom and to convert me to a tomahawk chopping, face painting, Seminole fan.
The year was 1987 and I was an impressionable high school sophomore but I will never forget what I witnessed. I was able to attend the Miami versus Florida State football game that season. Miami was ranked #3 in the nation and Florida State was ranked #4 in the nation and they both had a slew of talent. But for some reason I kept finding myself in awe of the opponent. It was something about the U that kept me staring at their team and watching their every move.
This game was loaded with talent and high drama, but also an astounding 56 players who would go on to play in the NFL. Miami scored first with a second quarter field goal, but Florida State, fielding a team many consider to be the best in school history, took control of the game after that. A 67-yard run by Florida State running back Sammie Smith was followed by a 1-yard touchdown run from Dayne Williams, giving FSU a 7-3 lead. A 36-yard field goal from Derek Schmidt pushed the Seminoles' lead to 10-3 at the half.