Defensive tackle Ron Simmons comes in at No. 8 as we continue our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Simmons was one of the most dominant players in college football history throughout his four years at Florida State. His freshman year in 1977 was one of the best years by a Florida State defensive tackle in the history of the program. He had 128 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and 13 forced fumbles. He didn't quite achieve that level of success throughout the rest of his career, but he was still one of the most productive defensive tackles in the country.
He finished his career with 383 tackles, 44 tackles for loss, 25 sacks, and 17 forced fumbles. He was was named a two time consensus All-American in 1979 and 1980. He was elected to the Florida State Hall of Fame in 1986 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
Simmons was drafted in the sixth round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played in the NFL for just one season before playing in the USFL for three seasons.
Simmons left professional football and became a professional wrestler under the name Farooq. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.
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