Chris Weinke entered Florida State University in 1997, when he was 25 years old and joined the Florida State Seminoles football team as a quarterback. As a sophomore in 1998, Weinke led the Florida State Seminoles to a 9-1 record and #2 national ranking before a season-ending neck injury forced him to the sidelines. During his junior season in 1999, he led the #1 ranked Seminoles to the school's first undefeated season and second National Championship, defeating Michael Vick and the Virginia Tech Hokies 46-29. As a senior in 2000, Weinke led the nation in passing with 4,167 yards and won the Heisman Trophy, awarded to college football's best player, as well as the Davey O'Brien Award and the Johnny Unitas Award. He also led the Seminoles to the Orange Bowl for their third national championship game in as many years, where they lost 13-2 to the Oklahoma Sooners. At the age of 28, Weinke was the oldest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy.
Chris Weinke finished his Florida State career with a 32-3 record and held numerous FSU records including most passing yards in a career and most career touchdown passes. In 2001, Chris became the seventh Seminole (and second quarterback) to have his jersey retired.
Chris Weinke became Florida State's second Heisman Trophy Winner, following the 1993 Winner Charlie Ward. Chris. Florida State's head coach, Bobby Bowden, became only the 9th coach in history to coach multiple Heisman Winners. Josh Heupel's 1,552 total points is the third highest total for a second place finisher, behind Minnesota's Paul Giel in 1953 (1,792 points) and Southern California's O.J. Simpson (1,722) points.
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Chris Weinke was originally recruited by Florida State as part of the same recruiting class as Charlie Ward, another quarterback who would also win a Heisman Trophy and lead the Seminoles to a National Championship. However, because of Weinke's long hiatus in baseball, Weinke and Ward were never teammates
At 6-feet 5-inches and 230 pounds, Chris was the first three-year starter at quarterback in the 22-year tenure of Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden. During Chris' Heisman winning season he led the nation in passing with an average of 347.3 yards per game. Chris is the second QB in NCAA history to pass for more than 9,500 career yards and win a national championship. Chris is the ACC and FSU career record holder for career passing yardage as well as career touchdown passes. Chris was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 2001 NFL draft.