Florida State

1980 -  Seminoles
(Game Worn)



There was a time long ago when the three year consecutive record of 0-11, 1-10, and 3-8 accurately reflected the level of talent and the playing ability of the Florida State University football team. This three year run under coaches Larry Jones and Darrell Mudra was not atypical either because Florida State, a former all-girls' college had limited, brief success nestled among years of dismal performances. Lee Corso, Steve Tensi, and Fred Biletnikoff were aberrations. In 1976 Bobby Bowden was hired as head coach and there was immediate change: 5-6, 10-2, 8-3, and the 1979 year of 11-1, the school's first New Year's Day Bowl game (their only loss of the season, to Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl), and a number 6 AP ranking. 1980 would be a tough trial but led by the defense and All American noseguard Ron Simmons and punter Rohn Stark, the Seminoles posted a great 10-2 record and began their defense as one of the best programs in the country. Bowden changed the helmet design upon his arrival and he's kept it to this day with a muted gold that was copied by numerous teams using the same "gold" as part of their official uniform color. The helmet color and logo are immediately identifiable with one of the most successful collegiate programs in history.

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