All-Time Florida St. Seminoles NFL Dream Team

After having so much fun coming up with my All-Time NFL Dream Team of players who attended the University of Miami, I decided to make this a three-part series of college football teams from the state of Florida. Yesterday, I discussed the Florida Gators and today I will share my all-time Florida St. NFL Dream Team.fsu1

Players are from 1980 to the present and are based on the NFL career only of each player.

Quarterback: Brad Johnson. Believe it or not, Johnson spent 17 seasons as an NFL quarterback making the Pro Bowl once each with the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won the 2001 Super Bowl as the starting quarterback for the Bucs. I still remember him catching his own deflected pass and scoring a touchdown as quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings.

Running Backs: Warrick Dunn and William Floyd. Dunn was a speedy back who played twelve seasons in the NFL. He was the Offensive Rookie of the Year as a member of the Bucs in 1997.Dunn made the Pro Bowl three times in his career. Floyd often referred to himself as “Bar None” because he considered himself the best fullback in the league, bar none. He was a strong blocker and a leader on the field .

Wide Receivers: Anquan Boldin and Laveranues Coles. Boldin caught 101 passes his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals en route to being named Offensive Rookie of the Year. He is a three-time Pro Bowler who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. Look for Boldin to surpass 1000 career receptions during the 2015 season. Coles fell to the third round in the 2000 draft after being suspended during his senior season for shoplifting which is why he often referred to his high school when introducing where he was from on Monday Night Football. In his 11 NFL seasons, he caught 679 passes and appeared in one Pro Bowl.

Tight End: Zeke Mowatt. Despite going undrafted, Mowatt played in the NFL for nine seasons and won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.

Offensive tackle: Walter Jones and Tra Thomas. Jones spent his entire thirteen year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks where he only gave up 23 sacks in 180 games. He was voted into the Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility and made the Pro Bowl nine times while being named an All-Pro six years. Thomas played eleven seasons in the NFL making the Pro Bowl three times and All-Pro once. These two guys were strong at attacking the quarterback.

Offensive guard: Jamie Dukes and Montrae Holland. Some of you younger readers may know Dukes as an analyst for the NFL Network. However, he enjoyed a solid ten year career in the NFL after going undrafted. Holland played nine seasons in the NFL and was a strong run blocker.

Center: Clay Shiver. Shiver is the best of a week group of centers from Florida St. to compete in the NFL. After twice being named an All-American in college, Shiver played only three NFL seasons starting his entire rookie season.

Defense

Defensive ends: Kamerion Wimbley and Peter Boulware. Wimbley recorded 53.5 sacks during a nine-year NFL career. Boulware played both end and linebacker during his nine seasons in the NFL. He made four Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro once. The 1997 Defensive Rookie of the Year led the AFC in sacks in 2001.

Defensive tackles: Darnell Dockett and Corey Simon. Dockett has made three Pro Bowls in his eleven seasons where he has played both tackle and end. Simon recorded 32.5 sacks from the defensive tackle position during his eight years in the NFL where he made one Pro Bowl.

Outside linebackers: Lawrence Timmons and Derrick Brooks. Timmons made the 2014 Pro Bowl, his first, in his eighth season in the league. He also made second-team All-Pro last season and has won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brooks is one of the greatest NFL linebackers to ever play. He made the Pro Bowl 11 of his 14 seasons and was a nine-time All-Pro. Brooks was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Middle linebacker: Marvin Jones. Jones spent his entire eleven-year career with the New York Jets earning All-Pro honors in 2000 after a career high 133 tackles.

Cornerbacks: Deion Sanders and Antonio Cromartie. The Seminoles are “CB U.” Sanders is arguably the best shutdown corner to ever play in the NFL and an incredible return man who also played some wide receiver. A member of the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame, Sanders played 17 seasons in the NFL making eight Pro Bowls and earning All-Pro honors eight times. He won consecutive Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. Sanders was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1994 and NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1994 and 1995. Cromartie is a playmaker like Sanders and owns the NFL record for longest play as he returned a missed field goal 109.5 yards for a touchdown. A four-time Pro Bowler, Cromartie has made the Pro Bowl each of the last three years and signed a contract to return to the New York Jets for the upcoming season.

Safeties: Leroy Butler and Terrell Buckley. Butler played twelve seasons for the Green Bay Packers where he was voted All-Pro each of his Pro Bowl seasons. Butler was voted to the NFL 1990’s All-Decade Team and is a member of the Green Bay Packers’ Hall of Fame. T-Buck played 14 seasons in the NFL, but was never voted to a Pro Bowl making him the only player with over 50 interceptions never to appear in Pro Football’s all-star game. Like Sanders, Buckley was a great athlete who was dangerous after the interception.

Special Teams

Punter: Rohn Stark. Stark punted for 16 seasons in the NFL and appeared in four Pro Bowls.

Kicker: Sebastian Janikowski. Seb-J is the only kicker to ever be drafted in the first round after Al Davis made him a Raider by selecting him with the 17th pick of the 2000 draft. He is entering his 16th season with the Raiders and hs made the Pro Bowl once. Janikowski has one of the strongest legs to ever have kicked in the NFL, but accuracy has been an issue.

Returner: Tamarick Vanover. Vanover played in the NFL for eight years and led the league in punt return yardage and punts returned for a touchdown in 1999.

There you have it. Agree? Disagree? I am interested in your thoughts.

And that’s as I see it!

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