FSU football: 10 greatest Seminoles of the Bobby Bowden era

There have been plenty of great players that Bowden brought to Tallahassee and sent off to the NFL, but which Seminoles had the best careers at FSU from 1976 to 2009?
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LB. . . Derrick Brooks. 435. 1991-94. FSU Bowden Era. Derrick Brooks. 6. player

Career Tackles: 274

Awards: College Football Hall of Fame inductee, 2x Consensus All-American, 1993 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, NFL Hall of Fame

Brooks was the heart of Florida State's first national championship defense in 1993. After being named an All-American linebacker and winning the national title in 1993, Brooks returned for his senior season at FSU and once against was an All-American.

As a senior Brooks was a team captain and led FSU to its third consecutive ACC title and was named All-ACC for the third time. Brooks was one of Bowden's best defensive players ever and easily had one of the most successful NFL careers of any player Bowden coached.

Brooks was a first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1995 and played in the NFL for Tampa Bay until 2008. Brooks was named NFL DPOY in 2002 and won the Super Bowl the same season.