This evening against Samford, Florida State will honor legendary actor and former Seminole running back, Burt Reynolds. One of Reynolds’ most recognizable roles was in the classic Smokey and the Bandit, so the Seminoles will fittingly wear a helmet decal of the famous “BAN ONE” license plate that adorned the Bandit’s all-black Trans-Am.
Following an injury that ended his football career, Reynolds was encouraged to pursue his Hollywood dreams by former roommate, and fellow FSU legend, Lee Corso. It was good advice, as Reynolds went on to be a staple in Hollywood blockbusters throughout the 1970’s and ultimately become one of the most recognizable and respected actors of all time.
Before the fan-fare and game picks, Corso, A lifelong friend of Reynolds, remembered his friend in a touching segment on this morning’s edition of College GameDay.
Lee Corso takes a minute to remember the life of Burt Reynolds, his close friend of 64 years. pic.twitter.com/HoRmOUF2Ir— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 8, 2018
Even later in his career, Reynolds continued to have a strong connection to Florida State and his contributions to the university can not be overstated.
Gone, but never forgotten. Rest easy, Bandit.