Florida State’s 1993 national championship team produced a Hall-of-Fame linebacker, an NBA guard and now … a presidential candidate.
Former Seminoles receiver Wayne Messam announced Thursday that he was joining the Democrats’ crowded 2020 field. The 44-year-old is the mayor of Miramar.
I’m not going to detail his platform or break down his chances of winning. I’ll leave that to our political writers.
But I’m a sports writer, so let’s look at his time with the Seminoles. It’s clearly a key part of his identity. His introductory video includes highlights, pictures and rings from his days at FSU.
Messam didn’t have a huge impact on FSU’s title team. He appeared in 10 games but caught only five balls for 39 yards. His lone touchdown came in a 57-0 blowout win over Clemson.
Messam’s statistics increased later in his career. Over his final three years, he recorded 57 catches for 754 yards. His other three touchdowns came in his senior year, 1996.
Even though he didn’t put up eye-popping numbers on the field, he had a memorable role in a momentous game. Messam had the privilege of taking a clump of Orange Bowl sod to bury in the Sod Cemetery after FSU’s 34-16 win over rival Miami in 1996. It was FSU’s first road win over the ’Canes in 22 years, and it came in a top-10 matchup.
“We’re going to bury them in our cemetery as soon as we get back to Tallahassee,” Messam told reporters afterward.
“History doesn’t win games. Players win games.”