Quarterback Chris Weinke comes in at No. 18 as we continue our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Weinke originally signed with Florida State in 1990, but chose to play professional baseball. He came back to Florida State in 1997 where he was a three-year starter and went 32-3. He helped lead Florida State to their second National Championship and the first wire-to-wire No. 1 season in college football history. He led Florida State to their third straight National Championship game in 2000. He was named to multiple first team All-American teams and won the Davey O’Brien and the Johnny Unitas Award. He became Florida State’s second Heisman Trophy winner.
He holds the Florida State record for passing yards in a career with 9,839 and touchdowns with 79. He is second in Florida State history in quarterback efficiency with 151.15. He was elected into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2011.
Weinke was drafted in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He played in the NFL for six years. He is currently the quarterbacks coach for the St. Louis Rams.
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