With Mickey Andrews retiring, Florida State Seminoles recall tough love tales

TALLAHASSEE — Mickey Andrews possessed neither blazing speed nor intimidating size as a defensive back and receiver at the University of Alabama in the early 1960s.

“I only started one year … that was my senior year,” he said. “The only way I could play was to try to be hard-nosed and not make mistakes and be physical.”

He did that. He earned second-team All-America honors the one year he started, and the Crimson Tide won its second national title during his time there. He has continued to rely on those traits manning a position outside the lines, including the last 26 in Tallahassee as Florida State’s defensive coordinator.

“He coaches as intense as anybody I’ve seen, and he played at that same wild, wild reckless level,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said.

St. Petersburg Times
11/19/9