Marvin Jones to have his jersey retired by Florida State
Playing middle linebacker at Florida State, Marvin Jones gave Seminoles fans a lifetime of memories. Now, Jones will be remembered for eternity as FSU will retire his No. 55 jersey on Oct. 10 when it hosts archrival Miami.
Jones was a dominating force in the middle of the FSU defense, and won both the Butkus and Lombardi awards as a junior in 1992, while placing fourth in the Heisman voting.
This is quite an honor that has been bestowed upon me. I love FSU!! Great day for me. Special thanks to Jimbo Fisher for making it happen!Article continues below ...
— Marvin Shade Jones (@MarvinJonesJets) June 8, 2015
From 1990-92, Jones racked up 369 tackles and helped the Seminoles finish fourth twice in the final AP Poll and No. 2 in in 1992, powering the team to an 11-1 record and a 27-14 win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
Jones would go on to be selected by the New York Jets with the No. 4 overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft and play 11 seasons with the team.
"It’s a great thing for me. It obviously puts you in an elite club," Jones, the two-time consensus All-American, told Jets.com. "It shows, I guess, that they still kind of like me there."
They definitely do.
"Marvin had a huge impact on Florida State football as one of the greatest linebackers ever to wear garnet and gold," FSU director of athletics Stan Wilcox told Jets.com. "It’s only fitting that his No. 55 will become a permanent part of Doak Campbell Stadium."