Linebacker Paul McGowan comes in at No. 16 as we continue our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. McGowan was a four-year contributor and a three-year starter for the Seminoles. He finished with more than 125 tackles in each of his final three years including 150 his senior year. McGowan is third all time in tackles in Florida State history with 446 and he also recorded 32 tackles for loss during his career. He was named to at least one All-American team in each of his last three years at Florida State including being named an Associated Press first team All-American. His senior year in 1987 he won the Butkus award given to the nations best linebacker. He was the first Florida State player to win a major national award.
McGowan was drafted in the 9th round of the 1988 NFL draft. He never played in the NFL, but did make excel in the Arena league. McGowan has spent his years after football working as a firefighter/paramedic.
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