In 2013, Florida State’s undefeated national championship team set a record that still stands, scoring an incredible 723 points on the season. Naturally, skill-position stars like Jameis Winston, Devonta Freeman, and Kelvin Benjamin dominated the headlines, But the extravagant scoring began up front with the Seminoles’ offensive line, and its highest graded player: center Bryan Stork.
A tight end in high school at Vero Beach, Stork enrolled at FSU in 2009 at just 240 pounds. He redshirted and began adding mass, while earning some starts at each guard position in 2010 and early 2011 before claiming his spot in the middle. In 2012, Stork was recognized as a second-team All-ACC honoree.
A 40-game starter for the ’Noles, Stork was an important leader, keeping order in the huddle. And in his redshirt-senior campaign of 2013, he put the rest of the country on notice as well. That year, he was a consensus All-American, a first-team All-ACC choice, and the winner of the Rimington Trophy, becoming the only ’Nole ever to capture the award given to the nation’s top center. He was also a finalist for the Outland Trophy, presented to the best interior lineman in college football.
The New England Patriots selected Stork in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and he capped his rookie season as a Super Bowl XLIX champion. Stork and William Floyd are the only Seminoles to follow-up a national championship with a Super Bowl win the very next season. He retired from playing in 2017 and is now the tight ends coach at East Tennessee State University.