Former FSU OL Todd Fordham impressed with Norvell’s first practice

There were a small group of former FSU players at the Seminoles first practice under Mike Norvell this morning. Todd Fordham, who played offensive line at FSU from 1992-1996, quarterback Charlie Ward (1989-93), cornerback James Harris (1978-81) and fullback James Coleman (2002-2005) made the drive over to watch the start of the Norvell era in-person.

Both former standouts left Tallahassee impressed with the intensity and effort demanded by the coaches and what they got in return from the players. Coleman was especially impressed with the attention detail given by the staff and Fordham was impressed with the energy and intensity on the practice field.

Fordham, who is now an assistant coach at Jacksonville Bolles High, shared his thoughts with the Osceola on what his impressions were this morning. He also shared with us what he has been doing since his retirement from the NFL. Watch the video for more from Fordham:


  1. Jim Gladden

    Todd had a nickname when he played for us as did most of the players during my tenure @ FSU, It was Big Earl. He is from Tift Co. Ga. very tough as most of those So. Ga. players were.He has a great family, was a TE. in HS. but grew into a very good Offensive Tackle for us and played a number of years for the Jax. Jaguars. Outstanding Man.

  2. Jerry Kutz

    You stopped short of telling how Todd earned the nickname.
    I know you don’t want to breach any confidences so don’t. The Osceola will have Big Earl on a podcast tomorrow afternoon and we’ll ask him to tell the story, which you know I know.
    By the way, Osceola is going to have a happy hour every Tuesday at Gordo’s over in Market Square, off Thomasville Road, starting at 5:30 to maybe 7. Hope you’ll come by and have a sweet tea with us and shoot the bull. Everyone is invited so spread the word at our luncheon. Eddie, the owner, will put out some snacks. Just a chance to get together on the way home after work and meet each other and talk about FSU sports.

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