Former FSU football quarterback Chris Weinke, who won a national title and Heisman at the school, will now be coaching to beat the ‘Noles in the opener.
(Editor’s note: Like with any good breakup where you see your ex happy with someone else, you sometimes fly off the handle and become irrational with your mind process. That’s kind of the point of this, so don’t take it too seriously.)
Over a quarter century ago, Chris Weinke made a decision to abandon FSU football. After signing with the program and reporting to campus out of high school in Minnesota, Weinke ended up trading in his shoulder pads for a lifelong dream of every young boy: playing minor league baseball for six seasons.
Ultimately, Weinke would make his way back to Tallahassee and be thrust into the starting lineup thanks to an injury before the start of the 1998 season. Weinke would make history in leading the school to its second national title in 1999 while winning the second Heisman Trophy for FSU football the following year.
Following seven NFL season, the old man ended up in the coaching profession – making it all the way to the NFL the last two seasons. Well, it was actually the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, but they are still technically a professional team so it counts. After being fired along with the rest of the staff, Weinke is back coaching and in the college ranks…
WHERE HE WILL BE COACHING AGAINST HIS ALMA MATER TO START THE 2017 SEASON!!!
Florida State Seminoles Football
That’s right, when the Seminoles take on Alabama to open the year in Atlanta come September 2nd, Weinke will be on the Crimson Tide sideline coaching up sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts to try and beat the program that gave him everything.
Look, I know that Chris Weinke is not the first person to take a job where he has to coach against his school. Heck, Mark Richt had a winning record as quarterback coach and offensive coordinator for FSU against his alma mater, the Miami Hurricanes. But this is different…this one hurts because it is someone turning against the family.
After getting fired, Weinke had to find a job and keep getting a paycheck…I totally get this. But was there nothing else out there where he didn’t have to try and beat the school he won a national title and Heisman for? When he stands on the sideline next September next to evil genius Nick Saban, you can bet that whoever is broadcasting the game – ESPN or ABC – is going to point out this fact.
We understand why you did what you had to do, Chris…it’s not that we’re mad, just disappointed.