Osceola Happy Hour: Ward joins Cooper, Knox, Salva on Thursday

You are invited to join us on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 pm eastern for our Osceola Zoom Happy Hour. The Osceola’s Publisher and Owner Jerry Kutz and Managing Editor Bob Ferrante and will host former Seminoles Charlie Ward, Andre Cooper, Kevin Knox and Mark Salva for a roundtable discussion of the upcoming Florida State football season and to share stories about their days playing for the Seminoles.

Charlie who played from 1989-1993 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1993, on his way to leading FSU to its first national title under legendary coach Bobby Bowden. After leaving Florida State, Charlie enjoyed a 12-year NBA career where played for the Knicks, Spurs and Rockets. His oldest son, Caleb, is currently a redshirt sophomore receiver for the Seminoles.

Andre played at FSU from 1993-1996 and enjoyed a career that made him one of the most prolific wide receivers in Seminoles history. His 71 receptions in 1995 still ranks as the 5th most in a single season at FSU. in 1995 he also totaled 1,002 receiving yards which also ranks 12th most in a single season. He had 132 career receptions which ranks 12th in FSU history and his 1,810 career receiving yards ranks 19th. Andre also is tied with Kelvin Benjamin for most touchdown receptions in a season (1995) with 15 and his 24 career touchdown receptions ranks 6th all-time in the record books. He then went on to spend five years in the NFL with the Broncos, Seahawks and Cardinals.

Kevin played from 1990-93 and totaled 102 receptions for 1,431 yards. He also is still in the FSU record books where he had two 100-plus receiving yards in his career. In 1991 Kevin totaled 132 yards against Virginia Tech and and he also had an 123-yard performance against Florida in 1992. As both a junior and a senior he ranked among FSU’s top three receivers in both catches and receiving yardage. Kevin played for the Cardinals in 1994 after being drafted in the sixth round. He finished his pro career in 1997 with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the CFL.

Mark was an offensive lineman from 1984-87 after signing with the Seminoles as a defensive tackle. He would go onto to start for three seasons at FSU and would be the leader of the offensive line at center in 1987 and was part of the line that protected Danny McManus on the team that would ultimately beat Nebraska in an historic last minute drive in the 1988 Fiesta Bowl. He was a student assistant coach at FSU in 1988 and a graduate assistant offensive line coach for the Seminoles from 1991-93. Mark then moved on to become the offensive line coach at South Carolina from 1994-98. He is currently an executive in the pharmaceutical business and lives in Nashville, Tenn.

All four gentlemen were apart of the 1993 national championship team.

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