Florida State will honor Marvin “Shade Tree” Jones by retiring his jersey on October 10th against the Miami Hurricanes. Jones was a two-time consensus All-American and won the Butkus and Lombardi trophies in 1992.
Jones was arguably the best linebacker in Florida State history, and was known for his crushing tackles. He finished his career with 369 tackles in just three seasons. He was drafted fourth overall by the New York Jets in the 1993 draft, and played ten years in the NFL being named to the first-team All-Pro list in 2000.
Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox issued this statement to Seminoles.com.
“The retirement of Marvin’s jersey is an honor representative of his outstanding Florida State career,” Wilcox said. “He had a huge impact on Florida State football as one of the greatest linebackers ever to wear garnet and gold. It is only fitting that his No. 55 will become a permanent part of Doak Campbell Stadium.”
Seminole head coach Jimbo Fisher had this to say about the Florida State legend.
“There simply wasn’t a better defensive player in college football than Marvin Jones during his time at Florida State,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He was a leader and dominant playmaker for some all-time great Seminoles teams. Look at all his accomplishments: winning the Butkus, winning the Lombardi and finishing fourth in the voting for the Heisman. He had an incredible career and we are honored to retire his jersey this season.”
It’s fitting that Jones, a native of Miami, will have his jersey retired against the hometown Hurricanes. He will be just the tenth Seminole to have their Jersey retired in Florida State history.