The Seminole Nation Says Goodbye to Diane Andrews

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida -July 5, 2012-

Seminole nation said goodbye to one of its own Thursday 7-5-12

Hundreds turned out to at Celebration Baptist Church in Tallahassee to remember Diane Andrews. She is the wife of former FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews. Diane lost her battle with Cancer over the weekend. She was diagnosed with stomach Cancer six months ago. Andrews died at a Houston Hospital Sunday 7-1-12 We spoke to former players earlier this week. They remember Andrews as a loving woman who made them feel like family.

Tallahassee, Florida- July 2, 2012

Florida State's football program has lost a member of the family. Diane Andrews -wife of former defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews -died yesterday after a six-month battle with cancer.

Diane Andrews was almost as much of a staple to FSU players as their coach Mickey. A former player could only describe Diane Andrews as 'a loving person'.

Last year a behind the scenes glimpse into the lives of the Andrews family, revealed a lot about the family.

Said Diane Andrews, "When you're in football, your whole life is consumed by football."

It was two years after Mickey Andrews had walked onto Bobby Bowden field for the last time as a coach.

The couple continued to explain how their lives had changed since Andrews retired after 26 years of coaching.

Said Diane Andrews, "We were there for 26 years and it was like home."

When the news spread Sunday that Diane Andrews had died --- it hit some former players hard.

Said former player Corey Fuller, "When we walked off the field she'd be there to give us hugs. She was just a great woman. Especially for guys like us coming from broken homes and to see the togetherness of a family, to see true love."

Mickey and Diane were high school sweethearts who then went to college together.She was by Mickey's side when he coached.
And he was by hers when she was diagnosed with the stomach cancer that ultimately took her life.

"And we enjoyed just being together", said Mickey.

Said Fuller, "I think a lot of time people don't think football players have feelings but we learn it from a young age from people like the Andrews."

Diane Andrews died at a cancer center in Houston. A funeral is set for Thursday at Celebration Baptist Church in Tallahassee. FSU's athletics department also released a statement echoing what you heard Fuller say --- that she was a loving woman and a big part of the Seminole family.

Tallahassee, Florida- July 1, 2012

The wife of former FSU Defensive Coordinator, Mickey Andrews, died this afternoon after her battle with stomach cancer. Diane Andrews was diagnosed with the disease earlier in 2012. Diane was revered in the Seminole community for years in Tallahassee and the state of Florida.

Seminole Athletics Director, Randy Spetman had this to say on the passing of Diane Andrews:

We have lost a member of our Seminole family today. Diane was a special person whose love and caring touched us all including hundreds of student-athletes. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mickey and their family.

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