Jimbo Fisher contemplated retirement before leading FSU to a national title

That would have been devastating for everyone!

Jimbo Fisher has quickly become one of the best coaches in all of college football. His ascension began in 2010 when he took the Florida State head coaching job after serving as the quarterback coach and offensive coordinator since 2007. However, it almost never happened and the Noles perhaps would not have won its latest title in 2013.

According to Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post, the 50-year-old coach revealed in March he gave thought to stepping away after just one year at the FSU helm due to his son, Ethan, getting diagnosed with Fanconi anemia:

"Yeah, it did cross my mind, without a doubt. I didn't know what (Ethan's condition) required, what it meant. 'Should I coach? Should I not coach?' I don't know if we ever got to that point where we thought about it seriously but it crossed my mind to think about that because I didn't know until we found out everything."

He said that he couldn't just give up on the kids he promised to coach though and he persevered through the time with that motivation. "Just had to do what you had to do. That's the way I was raised. You can't feel sorry for yourself because it's unfair to the kids I'm coaching," said Fisher.

Fisher's teams have won 10 games or more in every season since 2012 and took down Auburn in the 2013 national title game to give the Seminoles their first championship since the 1999 title and the third overall for the program.


[h/t Bleacher Report]