FSU Football: An Apology to The Big Three Stars of The Seminoles

After FSU football dropped to 5-3 on the season with last weekend’s loss to Clemson, we want to issue an apology to the team’s best three players.

Dear Dalvin Cook, DeMarcus Walker and Travis Rudolph,

     Where should we begin? The 2016 season was going to be the one where the Seminoles played for a chance to win the fourth national title in program history. With all three of you (likely) heading to the pros after this season, this was going to be the shining moment for the three of you – getting your first ring (second for DeMarcus) and cementing your legacy.

     Instead, the three of you are likely going to spend your final time in a FSU football uniform playing in the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Belk Bowl or maybe even the Sun Bowl. You’re going to go down as being a part of a team that was the most underachieving one in program history after all the expectations entering the year.

     It has nothing to do with you guys. All three of you have done your job most of the season. Dalvin, you have found your form after a slow start and have been quite possibly the best player in college football over the last six weeks of the season.

     DeMarcus, you started off the year with guns blazing against Ole Miss. Your 4.5 sacks against the Rebels made the nation take notice and you’ve been the unquestioned leader of a defense that has not played up to your level.

     Travis, you have been the most reliable receivers this season, helping to give Deondre Francois a safety blanket in the passing game – as well as being a class act off the field who made us all proud to be fans or alumni of Florida State.

     So, on behalf of those who have watched you during your careers in Tallahassee, we’re sorry.

     We’re sorry that your last times in garnet and gold are being spent with other players and coaches who, on the surface, don’t play with the same heart you three do. There is no question that the talent is there, but the execution is a different story – and all of you deserve better.

     You deserve to be playing in Orlando during the first week of December to win the ACC title for the fourth time in the last five seasons. You deserve to be playing in either the Peach or Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve and then, 10 days later, making a return trip to Tampa to play for the national title.

     Hell, at the worst, you deserve to be in the Orange Bowl on December 30th – bringing home another big bowl win that would be even more special for the two of you from South Florida.

     Please don’t be mad and turn your back on the program. The three of you will go down as some of the best to ever play for the Seminoles – and we will always be thankful for what the three of you meant to FSU football.

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