FSU fans hope return to white numbers signal return to winning form

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 3:03 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - When Florida State football unveiled the return of white numbers to it’s iconic jerseys last week, local rapper and Florida State uniform aficionado TaReef Knockout couldn’t help but feel a little responsible.

“I would say well into the 90 percentile,” Knockout said. “Not 100%, but I think I had a lot to do with it.”

While obviously not lacking in confidence, it’s easy to see why he might feel that way; after a successful campaign for the Tribe to don it’s garnet pants on the gridiron again, he turned his attention to the much-maligned gold numbers of the Seminoles’ current kit.

Using Twitter as a megaphone and starting a petition that garnered thousands of signatures, including that of Jameis Winston.

“It’s been a dream of mine to go back to the white numbers, so I started the petition back in 2019, I think it was the first day of January, so that was my new years goal,” he said.

The return to the lighter numerals is technically old news; then-FSU head coach Willie Taggart announced the change prior to the 2019 season, but the eventual coaching change left Knockout and others in limbo.

“Whole new coaching staff with Coach Norvell, I just didn’t know what was his stance with that an are we gonna have to start all over, so there was times where I was nervous,” he recalled.

But, Norvell and the administration delivered, and fans like Knockout are cautions the change back is symbolic of re-embracing FSU’s winning culture.

“It’s one of the first things you see when the team runs out onto the field, it’s the tradition, it’s the memories. There’s a lot that comes with that, so a lot of fans, myself in general, we take the uniform seriously.”

Hoping the change back is more than a fashion statement.

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