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98 days until FSU football: The best 'Noles to wear No. 98

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An even number with an odd history.

Orpheus Roye
Orpheus Roye
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The history of the No. 98 for Florida State football is intriguing. Of the 18 Seminoles to wear 98, 11 of them have done so for just a lone year. No players best known for wearing the garnet and gold 98 have earned All-American, or even All-ACC honors. However, some very good players have worn the number for a short period, one of whom has a Super Bowl ring.

Defensive lineman Brodrick Bunkley and defender-turned-offensive-lineman Cameron Erving, both first-round NFL Draft picks, wore No. 98 early in their Seminoles careers before switching to the numbers for which they're now much better known.

Defensive lineman Orpheus Roye rocked the 98 in his money year at FSU and was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of 1996's NFL Draft. He'd play two separate stints in the Steel City over his lengthy, 13-year NFL career, the second of which netted him a Super Bowl ring in 2008. Fellow defender Markus White wore No. 98 from 2008-2010. He's 19th on FSU's all-time career tackles-for-loss list, with 28.5, and remains the last 'Nole DT to return an interception for a touchdown, a feat he accomplished against the Miami Hurricanes in 2009. White was drafted in 2011's seventh round by the Washington Redskins.

Other 98s in FSU history include:

  • Brad Fojtik (1980-1983)
  • Willie Tilton (1984)
  • Keith Southwood (1985)
  • Tony Yeomans (1985)
  • Bart Schucts (1986-1987)
  • Oliver Strickland (1988-1990)
  • Kelly Rush (1991)
  • Ben Mayer (1993)
  • Melvin Holland (1994)
  • David Tulloch (1996-1997)
  • Chris Woods (1998-2001)
  • Alex Boston (2004-2007)
  • Shayne Broxsie (2012)
  • Rick Leonard (2014)

No current Seminoles wear the No. 98 jersey. We'll have to see if an incoming player takes it up-- and, furthermore, if he sticks with it. Which 98 tops your list?