During Saturday’s 59-16 win over Texas State, Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey made a controversial decision. That decision? He wore number 17 on a kickoff return for the Seminoles and that caused quite the ruckus in Tallahassee.
It was reported in August that Ramsey would need to wear a different number on kickoff returns due to Kermit Whitfield wearing number 8. He walked out in number 17 on Saturday and people immediately began to notice, because that number was Charlie Ward’s in the late 90’s and had been retired.
According to College Spun, Ward took to Facebook and had given Ramsey permission to wear the number. The legendary receiver said it is an honor for a player the caliber of Ramsey to wear his number.
It was pretty odd to see that number back on a Florida State field as 17 had been retired for twenty years. You can check out the reaction most fans had to the return last night.
With the way Ramsey plays on the field, both on special teams and defense, I don’t think fans will be too upset with him wearing the legend’s number. From a former legend to a current one, this is a huge honor.
The Seminoles are at home again on September 12 when they host South Florida and I’m sure fans will feel much better about Ramsey wearing the number now.
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