The biggest commotion, naturally, was for the former Heisman Trophy winner and last year’s No. 1 overall draft pick.
But Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston wasn’t the only former Florida State player on the sidelines for Saturday’s spring game in Orlando. Winston was joined by the likes of tight end Nick O’Leary of North Palm Beach, receivers Rashad Greene and Kenny Shaw, offensive linemen Rodney Hudson and Austin Barron, defensive back Xavier Rhodes, linebacker Nick Moody and running back Chris Thompson among others.
The Russell Athletic Bowl posted this tweet about Greene, who was the MVP of the Seminoles’ 18-14 victory over Notre Dame in the 2011 game (then the Champs Bowl).
In addition, Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks was at the game as a spectator and proud papa. Brooks’ son, DeCalon, is being recruited by FSU.
“That’s what it’s about,” Fisher said. “That’s why you coach.”
And Fisher believes having former players around the program, especially those players who have successfully move on, can be a huge benefit for those hoping to get to the same place.
“What it means to them to be able to come back and to be a part of this family. … I want these young guys and these players to appreciate and honor that and realize that could be them one day (if they do) the things they got to do,” Fisher said. “That’s what you do when you have legacies and you push people and you just grow as an organization. I’m extremely happy about that. Any time that we can get those guys back, we owe them. That brand name goes with them. … because of the way they played and the legacy they left while they were here.”