First, legendary coach Bobby Bowden dropped in on a Florida State football spring practice. To kick off this week, former Seminoles quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston came by the practice field Monday.
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New coach Willie Taggart has made it a conscious effort this spring to bring back several alumni. In December before the Independence Bowl, Taggart paid a visit to Deion Sanders, who then spoke to the team in the locker room before the game. Last week, Bowden attended a Seminoles football practice for the first time since his retirement.
Florida State has arguably the most historic football program in the ACC. It only makes sense for Taggart to take advantage of that very rich history.
“I wanted to get all our ’Noles back together and make them realize it’s their team,” Taggart said last week according to The Orlando Sentinel. “To me, that’s what Florida State is all about: the family and the passion people have for Florida State football — no matter who’s the coach, me or anyone else.
“It’s Florida State, and I want them to be passionate about it and love this program no matter what.”
Winston played two seasons for the Seminoles, winning every game except the 2015 Rose Bowl, which was the final game of his college career. As a freshman, he led Florida State to the 2013 national championship and won the 2013 Heisman Trophy.