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Former Noles Welcomed Back With Open Arms For Garnet And Gold Spring Game

Posted at 11:14 PM, Apr 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 20:23:19-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (WTXL) - Last weekend, the Florida State football team showed up and showed out in Orlando, and while the performance was just for a spring game, several players impressed the 50,000 in attendance.

Among those taking in the new crop of Seminoles were former Noles, who watched everything from the sidelines, and while they are all in different places now, what they'll always have in common is garnet and gold.

"You see the players I won a Championship with," said former receiver Kenny Shaw, who's playing in the Canadian Football League. "It's a blessing and an experience that all the guys are healthy and it's good to see them again."

"Just all the former players and stuff like that, so it's fun being able to watch these guys from the sideline," agreed P.J. Williams, a cornerback who's with the New Orleans Saints.

Receiver and Jacksonville Jaguar Rashad Greene chimed in. "It's great just to get out here and experience this from a different outlook," he said. "Being that I was a player a couple years ago and just coming back and watching those guys and just being a part of something that I helped build, it's great."

They helped build the legacy that is Florida State football. Under Jimbo Fisher, the Noles are 68 and 14, three time ACC Champions, and a National Champs with a perfect season.

"I want to see these young guys, the legacy that was left by all these guys coming back," said Fisher after the game. "Still, what it means to them to be able to come back and be part of this family, and I want these young guys, these players to appreciate and honor that, and realize that could be them one day, doing the things they gotta do."

"Jimbo, you know, he just wants the best for you," said Shaw. "Some guys think that he's getting on them, going too hard on them, but that's not the case. He just wants the best."

Wanting the best, produces the best, as last year, Florida State set a new record for most draft picks in a three year stretch with 29, but no matter where they go, or what the do, it's nice to know, they can always come home.

"We owe them, the brand name when we walk into schools across the country, that brand name goes to them," said Fisher. "That's why, because of how they played and the legacy they left while they were here."

It's a brand name stamped with garnet and gold.