Linebacker Marvin "Shade Tree" Jones comes in at No. 4 as we continue our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Jones is not only the best linebacker to ever play for Florida State, but he is in the argument for the best linebacker in the history of college football. He was a two-time consensus All-American after his sophomore and junior years. His junior year in 1992 was particularly impressive. He finished the year with 111 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble after opposing offenses schemed around him. He was the first Florida State player to win two major awards when he won the Butkus and Lombardi awards that year. He was named the SN College Football Player of the Year.
Jones left Florida State after his junior year. He finished his career with 369 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and three interceptions. He was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2000.
Jones was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 1993 NFL draft by the New York Jets. Jones played in the NFL for 11 seasons and was named to the first team All-Pro team in 2000.
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