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April 8, 2021 46 min

FTGOTG S2, E11 | These self-proclaimed "Seminole brothers for life" epitomize our theme of relationships for Season 2!  This candid interview with former Florida State cornerbacks Bobby Jackson (BoJack) and Bobby Butler demonstrates how strong bonds formed in the locker room and on the field can last a lifetime!

Bobby Jackson didn't start playing "organized" football until he got into high school.  His natural talent and help from a high school teammate vaulted him into an opportunity at Florida State...an opportunity he maximized, to say the least.  He was drafted by the New York Jets in the 6th round of the 1978 NFL Draft and started all 16 games of his rookie season!  BoJack was ultimately selected to the "All-Time Jet Team" as one of the top three corners in the history of the New York Jets.  He finished his Jets career with 21 interceptions.  After a brief stay with the Atlanta Falcons and an untimely injury, he retired in 1986.  His stellar career at FSU ('74-'77) earned him induction into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1993. 

Bobby Butler chose Florida State based on a single (unofficial) visit and a very impactful conversation with Coach Bobby Bowden.  In his mind, he felt playing at FSU for Coach Bowden was "meant to be."  As it turned out, the example and mentorship shown by BoJack were hugely instrumental in Bobby's long-term success...at FSU and in the NFL.  He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 25th overall pick in the 1st round of the 1981 NFL Draft.  Bobby played his entire 12-year career with the Falcons, playing in 169 games during which he accumulated 27 interceptions!  He retired after the 1992 season.

Despite being smaller athletes, both men possessed world-class speed and were known for ferocity in their manner of play.  While they were fortunate to play for legendary head coach Bobby Bowden at the beginning of his FSU career, they leveraged the opportunity to achieve success.  Both BoJack and Bobby excelled in the system and culture under Coach Bowden and created their respective niche...each in his own class!

Intro music "Next Level" used under license by Composer Rujay Torres.

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