Linebacker Sam Cowart comes in at No. 31 as we continue our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Cowart was a four-year contributor at Florida State and a three-year starter. He really exploded onto the scene as a junior in 1995 registering 115 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. He tore his ACL before the season in 1996, but came back in 1997 and performed at an even higher level than before. He earned consensus All-American honors and was named Football News defensive player of the year after recording 116 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and returned 3 fumble recoveries for touchdowns.
He finished his Florida State career with 338 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks. He was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2011.
Cowart was drafted with the 39th overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills and played in the NFL for 8 years. He finished his pro career with 710 tackles and 12.5 sacks. He was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro team in 2000 after recording 130 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
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