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Florida State football: Mike Norvell talking with two FSU legends today

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Take a little trip down memory lane on this Thursday afternoon.


Update 2:11 pm- Started a little late due to some technical issues but getting underway.

Coach Norvell: Hopeful to get guys on campus. Last two weeks the schedule has been adjusted due to finals. Proud of the work the players have put in and want this to be the best semester that they’ve had. Hats off to support staff.

Norvell asks Derrick about his experiences at FSU that helped prepare him for life? Brooks response was interesting. He spoke about the amount of time that he and Coach Norvell have spent talking about creating better men. Derrick says “playing for Coach Bowden and Coach Andrews made me a better man and faith based.” Derrick remarked about the adversity that they were put in on a day to day basis also that built character.

Derrick Brooks: Challenged to wear his game helmet and slides it on. Can he suit up tomorrow?

Brooks asked about his single favorite moment. Brooks describes a practice early in his FSU career being burnt on a pass play. Coach Andrews ripped him and told him next time to just keep running home. Also described a trick that Coach Bowden played on him after earning a C in Biology class.

Derrick was asked who the best player he went up against in college and NFL. His answers was... Charlie Ward. Hearing Derrick speak about Charlie is special. Joked about Coach Bowden not allowing the defense to touch Charlie. Practice is where the toughest competition was. Toughest player in the NFL was Marshall Faulk because of how athletic and smart he was. His favorite Seminole moment was seeing his son DeCalon take the field at FSU.

Florida State Seminoles football head coach Mike Norvell has been doing weekly webinar shows, called “Football Fix,” along with Seminole Boosters to give you, the fan, well.... you know, your football fix.

This week, Norvell is speaking with two FSU legends: linebacker Derrick Brooks and offensive tackle Walter Jones. He’ll be kicking off the convo at 2 p.m. Thursday, and we’ll be hanging out and discussing in the comment section below.

You can register for the video session here.

Here’s a brief entry on each from our top 100 players in FSU football history series:

Derrick Brooks

Derrick Brooks is greatness personified. All you need to know about his high school career is he was later named to the All-Century Team by the FHSAA.

At Florida State he was a three-time first team All-ACC player from 1992-1994. He was a first team sophomore All-American in 1992, and an Unanimous All-American in 1993, with nine publications all naming him to the first team. He was also named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year in ‘93 and led FSU’s defense as the program claimed its first national championship. He was a consensus All-American in 1994. He was a finalist for the Vince Lombardi Award twice, and for the Butkus Award once, and Football Writer’s Defensive Player of the Year Award twice. Last but not least, he was named an ACC All-Academic second team as a junior and an Academic All-American following his senior season. He finished his collegiate career with 274 tackles, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, five interceptions, 13 pass breakups, two blocked kicks, and three touchdowns.

Walter Jones

The one and only Walter Jones hails from Aliceville, Alabama. After high school Jones enrolled at Holmes Community College in Mississippi, where he played for two seasons at both offensive tackle and tight end. In his final season he was named the Mississippi Junior College Player of the Year. In his two seasons with the Bulldogs Jones only allowed one sack.

Jones of course transferred to Florida State to play under then-head coach Bobby Bowden, but he redshirted his first season in the Garnet and Gold in 1995. The following season FSU initially placed Jones at guard before injuries forced a move to tackle. Jones had bulked up to 290 pounds, a far cry from Holmes where he played at 265. But despite the weight gain, Jones didn’t lose any of his agility, quickness, or explosiveness.

Jones started every game in 1996 protecting the blindside of quarterback Thad Busby and run blocking for Warrick Dunn, and did a dadgum good job of it too.

Jones was stellar, allowing a total of, you guessed it, just one sack.

After the season Jones was named a second team All-American by the Associated Press and second team All-ACC. Unfortunately, that’s all the time FSU got with Jones; he forfeited his final year of college eligibility to enter the 1997 NFL Draft.