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Four former Seminoles make ‘greatest college football players by jersey’ list

Sports Illustrated has put together a list of the greatest 99 college football players by jersey number. There are four former Florida State football players on it including quarterback Charlie Ward for No. 17, cornerback Deion Sanders with No. 2, defensive end Peter Boulware with No. 58 and linebacker Marvin Jones for No. 55. The list also included a brief description of each player’s career while wearing the number.

No. 2 — Deion Sanders, CB, Florida State (1985-88) — The Neon legend was born in Tallahassee, where Sanders was a two-time consensus All-America, and a Jim Thorpe Award winner in 1988. He intercepted 14 passes, including three in bowl games. His jersey was retired by the school in 1995. — Runner-up: Charles Woodson, DB, Michigan (1995-98).

No. 17 — Charlie Ward, QB, Florida State (1989-93) — He set 19 school records and seven ACC records as a two-year starter for the Seminoles. Ward led Florida State to the school’s first national championship and became Florida State’s first Heisman Trophy winner in 1993. — Runner-up: Bobby Dodd, QB, Tennessee (1928-30)

No. 55 — Marvin Jones, LB, Florida State (1990-92) —Few college linebackers were more dominant than ”Shade Tree,” a three-time All-America who won the Butkus and Lombardi awards in 1992. — Runner-up: Bob Fenimore, HB, Oklahoma State (1943-46)

No. 58 — Peter Boulware, DE, Florida State (1994-96) — As a junior, Boulware finished with a school-record 19 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. His combination of strength and speed enabled him to cover tight ends as well as wide receivers. — Runner-up: Hoyt Winslett, E, Alabama (1924-26)

You can see the list in its entirety on SI.com.

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