One of FSU’s star athletes is rooting against the Seminoles in the opener against Alabama Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 08: Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles looks on during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The vast majority of Florida State students will be rooting for the Seminoles when they take the field against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 season opener. In Tallahassee and on many campuses across the country, football is king and the student body rallies around the ‘Noles program in a big way in a general sense. With that said, one of the more prominent athletes for FSU will, instead, be rooting for Alabama.

Jordan Culver of the Tallahassee Democrat brings word from FSU women’s basketball star Shakayla Thomas and her feelings are quite clear.

“Roll Tide. Alabama, all day.

“It’s not difficult at all. I grew up an Alabama fan. I’ve been an Alabama fan for 21 years. I’ve been at Florida State going on four so, I mean, do the math.”

Thomas was named as the ACC Player of the Year a season ago and, while she may not be a household name to the casual sports fan, she is a tremendous basketball player. However, Thomas hails from Sylacauga (Ala.) and that greatly explains her allegiances. In fact, she alludes to the fact that her friends on campus know full well who she’ll be rooting for on Labor Day weekend and there is no mystery here.

Obviously, this won’t go over well everywhere on the FSU campus but you have to admire her willingness to stick to her guns on this one. Like everyone else, Thomas is looking forward to the highly anticipated match-up and most viewers will have a rooting interest in one direction or another.

Rowland is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan that also grew up in a Michigan Wolverines household. He previously worked with FanSided, SB Nation and UPROXX sports and covers college football for FanBuzz.
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