Quarterback Charlie Ward comes in at No. 3 as we continue our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Ward was an award winning machine during his time at Florida State. During his redshirt freshman season Ward worked as the Florida State punter before moving back over to quarterback. He won the starting quarterback job in 1992, and struggled a bit before finding his rhythm against Georgia Tech in October. He was voted the ACC Player of the Year that year.
His 1993 season was exceptionally special. He won every award he was available to win and led the Seminoles to their first National Championship. Ward finished the year with 3,032 passing yards, a 69.5 completion percentage, 27 passing touchdowns, 339 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns, and just 4 interceptions. He was named the ACC Player of the Year and a consensus All-American. He was awarded the Maxwell, Davey O'Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, and Walter Camp Player of the year awards. He also became the first Florida State player to win the Heisman Trophy.
Ward finished his career with 5,747 yards, 49 touchdowns, 504 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, and 22 interceptions. He was voted into the Florida State Hall of fame in 1999.
Ward was selected with the 26 overall pick of the 1994 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. He remains the only Heisman Trophy winner to play in the NBA. Ward played for 12 seasons in the NBA.
Ward is currently the head football coach at Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida.
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