FSU announces new tradition at Sod Cemetary

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Posted at 10:34 PM, Sep 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-04 22:34:00-04

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Florida State fans will have a new addition to the traditions associated with home football games beginning this Saturday with the first-ever SodTalk. Beginning with The Citadel game, former Seminole greats will return to the Sod Cemetery two hours prior to scheduled kick off to re-live with fans some of those special victories.

The Sod Cemetery is just north of the Moore Athletics Center and just outside the football practice fields.

This Saturday new FSU Hall of Famers Aaron Carter and Amp Lee will talk about their team's best Sod Victories. Linebacker Aaron Carter, still FSU's all-time leading tackler (after 37 years), will remember the 37-9 1977 victory in Gainesville which was legendary Coach Bobby Bowden's first win over UF. Seminole tailback Amp Lee, a nine year NFL veteran, will talk about his outstanding day in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1991 when his #1 Seminoles beat #3 Michigan 51-31.

The Sod Cemetery, founded by the late Dean Coyle Moore, is in its 53rd season. It has been named one of the 100 Greatest Traditions in college football. The first Sod Game was an unexpected 18-0 victory over Georgia at Samford Stadium in 1962. All UF games in Gainesville and all ACC championship and Bowl games are also Sod Games. Over the summer FSU completed a new Wall of Champions honoring the Seminoles’ three national championship teams as well as 17 other outstanding teams.

"We think that our fans and former players will enjoy being able to see the names of every player on these outstanding teams," commented Athletics Director Stan Wilcox. “The Wall of Champions now has its own special sidewalk plaza next to the Sod Cemetery and showcases our tradition while honoring every member of these great teams. It adds to our game day experience for fans. "

"I really like the fact that we recognize every player on these teams, not just the All-American's and well-known stars, but also the guys who might have been scout team players and gave just as much effort to achieve the championships, " said Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher.

The Sod Cemetery is funded by the Coyle Moore Family Trust through Seminole Boosters with gardening help from The Extra Point Club

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