When most people think of Florida State football and the success they've had they often look at the Bobby Bowden era. When Bill Peterson was at FSU he had an innovative offense that focused on the passing attack, and he had some of the best offensive players the Seminoles have seen. Fred Biletnikoff already made NoleDigest's top 10 list, and this installment features the Seminoles 5th best player ever: Ron Sellers. The man known as "Jingle Joints" is the best wide receiver in FSU history and is statistically one of the very best college football has ever seen.
Simply put, Ron Sellers is the most prolific pass catcher in Florida State history. Ron still owns 14 Seminole receiving records, with most of them being the categories that mean most to a wideout: He caught 212 passes for 3,598 yards over his 3 year career and he averaged 119.9 receiving yards per game. During that stretch he caught a pass in 30 consecutive games. Sellers was named as a consensus All-American in 1967 as he had 70 catches for 1,228 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. He had a record setting senior season when he had 86 receptions for 1,496 yards and 12 scores. What's unbelievable is that Ron caught at least 13 passes in a game seven times, had 18 100-yard receiving games and five 200-yard days in his career. His absolutely stellar college career led him to being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.
Ron Sellers was the greatest college pass receiver of his time. His career yardage was a national record in 1968 and lasted 19 years. When he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988, 20 years after his last game, he still held 16 school records. His best performance came in 1968 against South Carolina with 16 catches. In other games in his career he caught 14 passes (three times) and 13 passes (three times). His 14 receptions against Penn State in 1967 set a Gator Bowl record. Against Wake Forest in 1968 he caught five touchdown passes. It's no wonder Ron was twice All-America. Sellers' versatility was not common in his day and it led to the coaches lining him up in several different spots. Sometimes he was listed as an end on the line, sometimes as a flanker coming out of the backfield. Sports Illustrated named him Lineman of the Week; the Atlanta Touchdown Club named him Back of the Week.
While Sellers didn't have the career after college some other Noles had, there is no arguing that Ron is the pace setter at FSU when it comes to wide receivers. When Sellers left FSU he completely obliterated the record books at FSU. 40 years, many All-Americans and NFL players later, the fact that most of Ron's records still stand is a testament to how good he truly was. His 168 points, 28 touchdowns, 28 touchdown catches, joined his 240 receptions and 3,979 yards as program marks when he left. In 1967, Sellers led the nation in receiving yardage while ranking second in receptions. In the 1967 Gator Bowl against Penn State, his 14 receptions broke Fred Biletnikoff's record.
At the time Sellers played the Seminoles were not able to beat to rival Gators, but he helped change all that. Sellers' most famous catch came in 1967 at the end of a Kim Hammond pass that defeated Florida in Gainesville. This play is one of the best in FSU history, and if it was on You Tube today it'd be one of the most watched plays by Seminole fans.
Sellers is an All-time great. It's a shame people can't watch this guy play because he was something to behold. He was part of the initial Hall of Fame class at FSU when he was inducted in 1977. At the end of the day Sellers may be the best skill position player the Seminoles have ever seen.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we approach the best of the best in our top 10 list of best FSU players of All-time.