By the end of the night, Derrick Brooks and Walter Jones will have joined Deion Sanders and Fred Biletnikoff as the only Seminoles in the Hall of Fame. The duo is set for enshrinement this evening at 7 PM (on ESPN) in Canton, Ohio.
For those keeping track, with four Seminoles in the hall of fame, Florida State has two more than rival Florida (Emmitt Smith and Jack Youngblood) and two fewer than rival Miami (Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp, Ted Hendricks, Jim Otto, Cortez Kennedy, Jim Kelly).
Let’s take a look back at the two newest Seminoles in the Hall of Fame:
Walter Jones — despite being in Tallahassee for just two season and playing for just one — is hands-down the best offensive lineman to ever come out of FSU. After starting at Holmes Community College in Mississippi as a tight end he transferred to Florida State in 1995 and sat out his first year with a redshirt.
In 1996, he moved from guard to offensive tackle at the start of the year as a result of depth issues along the Florida State offensive line. By the time the season rolled around he was entrenched at left tackle and went on to start all 12 games during FSU’s ill-fated ’96 National Title run – surrendering just a single sack the whole year.
Jones left Tallahassee after 1996 and was drafted 6th overall by the Seattle Seahawks — the team he would play his entire NFL career for. Over the course of his 12 years in the pros, Jones established himself as the top left tackle in the game, earning nine Pro Bowl selections and All-Pro honors six times.
Derrick Brooks is arguably the most beloved former Florida State Seminole of all-time. In his time as Seminole he was twice selected a consensus NCAA All-American in addition to helping the Seminoles to their first national championship in 1993.
Brooks followed his time in Tallahassee with a legendary 14-year NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brooks is one of the greatest players in Florida high school history, he was one of the greatest Seminoles in FSU history and he won championships 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 2002.
Brooks is also a pillar of his community, having earned the “Great Floridian” award from Governor Rick Scott last year for his philanthropic endeavors.
You can watch Brooks and Jones become the latest Seminoles in the Hall of Fame tonight at 7 on ESPN or NFL Network.