Two Seminoles legends will be enshrined with the greatest players of all time. Linebacker Derrick Brooks, who starred at FSU from 1992-1994 got the nod along with offensive tackle Walter Jones, who was with the ‘Noles in 1995 and 1996.
A two-time consensus All-American, Brooks led Florida State to its first of three National Championships in 1993. He was named to the All-ACC first team three times and was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 1993. Brooks was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft and spent his entire 14-year career with the Bucs. He made 11 Pro Bowls, and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, when he led Tampa Bay to victory in Super Bowl XXXVII.
After attending community college and red-shirting for a year, Walter Jones led a powerful Seminoles front to the National Championship game after the 1996 season. He was the first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the 1997 NFL Draft, and led the ‘Hawks to Super Bowl XL in 2006, the same year the Sporting News named him the NFL’s best player. He remained a Seahawk until his retirement in 2010.
Brooks and Jones being voted in will give the ‘Noles four Hall of Fame inductees. They’ll join fellow FSU greats Fred Biletnikoff and Deion Sanders in Canton, Ohio.