Fans gather for National Championship celebration

By: Jordan Culver

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher holds up the crystal ball trophy during Saturday’s celebration in Tallahassee. Thousands of Seminole fans turned out on a picture perfect day to finally welcome their beloved football team back home, nearly a month after their dramatic victory over Auburn for the National Championship. Nearly one third of Doak Campbell Stadium was filled with screaming fans on Saturday, February 1, 2014. / Mike Ewen/Democrat

Hundreds of fans packed Langford Green and thousands crammed into the home team side of Doak Campbell Stadium for a celebration commemorating Florida State University’s third national championship.

Most of the fans who attended the noon celebration first went to take photos with the Heisman Trophy, which was won by FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, and the championship trophy. Live entertainers, T-shirt venders and face painters were also in attendance.

Representatives from the Seminole Tribe of Florida also drove eight hours from Big Cypress National Preserve to join the party. Lydia Cypress, an elder with the Seminole Tribe, smiled wide as she showed of her new Florida State key holder.

She said it was the first of many souvenirs she planned to buy while in Tallahassee.
“I’m hoping to get some T-shirts too,” she said. “And some signatures from the players and the coach. Especially the quarterback.”

The celebration in Doak Campbell began with a video tribute to the fans who watched the title game. Fans were allowed to submit clips of their reaction after Winston threw a game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.
The event was emceed by FSU’s radio play-by-play announcer Gene Deckerhoff.