Linebacker Tommy Polley comes in at No. 28 as we continue our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Polley moved into a starter role in 1998 where he started 12 of the 13 games that season including the National Championship game against Tennessee. Polley was the leader of the defense in both 1999 and 2000. He finished both seasons with over 100 tackles and was named to the All-ACC first team both years. He finished his career with 289 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions.
Polley was drafted in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. He was named the defensive rookie of the year in 2001. He played in the NFL for six seasons before a shoulder injury forced him to retire.
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