Kicking off the long countdown to No. 1, you might already find yourself asking..."Randy Moss? One of the best players in FSU HISTORY?"
Well, let's just say some players deserve special recognition, especially when the player in question is arguably one of the best to ever to catch a pass.
In 1995, Randy Moss was on his way to becoming a freshman at the hallowed University of Notre Dame, under a coaching legend, Lou Holtz. But because of a racially-charged fight at his high school in Rand, West Virginia that left a student hospitalized, the Irish reversed their position on his enrollment, and Moss was forced to look elsewhere.
Under the guidance of Coach Holtz, Moss enrolled at Florida State, under the supervision of another legendary coach who had a reputation for helping troubled players.
In 1995, Moss enrolled at FSU, but under NCAA rules, sat out the season, and was redshirted as a transfer student until 1996.
As part of Moss' plea agreement for the battery charge nearly a year prior, the wide receiver was ordered to serve a 30-day jail sentence. Before beginning his sentence, Moss was required to undergo a routine drug test and subsequently tested positive for marijuana use, which had occurred just days prior to his drug test, while enrolled at FSU.
His scholarship was quickly revoked by Coach Bowden, and after serving his time, Moss transferred again, this time to Division I-AA (now FCS) school Marshall University.
Per NCAA rules, Moss did not have to wait out the 1996 season, and went on to smash records at Marshall, and become one of the best wide receivers at both the college, (and eventually professional level,) amassing over 1,700 yards in each year of his collegiate career.
Today, Randy Moss is currently the holder of two NFL records—one, most touchdown catches in a season with 23, set in 2007 and another, most touchdown catches by a rookie with 17, set in 1998.
For FSU fans out there wondering, "What might have been?" imagine Randy Moss lining up opposite his old roommate, Peter Warrick.
Yeah, that may have been too scary for words—and that's why Randy Moss checks into our Top 50 at No. 50.