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Jimbo Fisher    

Head Coach of Texas A&M Football

Jimbo Fisher, who led Florida State University to a national championship in 2013, was named head football coach at Texas A&M University by Aggie Director of Athletics Scott Woodward on December 4, 2017.

Jimbo Fisher endeared himself to Texas A&M fans the moment he agreed to leave Florida State for College Station in December. He further won over Aggies by immersing himself in the school’s traditions.

He flashed a Gig ‘em at his introductory press conference. He linked arms with his son and team during the Aggie War Hymn at the spring game. He handed out Aggie Rings to his players on Aggie Ring Day. “This may be the only place where the book of traditions is thicker than my playbook,” Fisher said.

During spring drills, Fisher displayed an A&M helmet and asked his players what it meant. “Does it stand for anything?” he continued. “Does it put fear in your opponents? Does it stand for a team that’s unbelievably physical, team-oriented, tough, have discipline, grit, can execute, play under pressure, play in big moments, play in the rain, play in the snow, play on the road?

“What does it stand for?”

His questions were met with blank stares.

“They couldn’t tell me,” Fisher said. “I said, ‘When our helmet means the same thing as that ring, we have a chance to be good. That helmet represents everybody who wears a ring.’”

A&M hired Fisher to create a new Aggie tradition: The school’s last league title came in 1998 and its lone national title in 1939.

Aggies are starved for championships, and Fisher has the recipe.

In his eight seasons in Tallahassee, Fisher established himself as one of the elite coaches in college football. He led the Seminoles to an 83-23 record, winning three Atlantic Coast Conference championships, four Atlantic Division titles and five bowl games, including the 2013 National Championship.

His .783 winning percentage ranks fourth-best among active head coaches (minimum five years) and is the best in ACC history.

Fisher, 52, won at least 10 games in six of his seasons and went 48-16 in the ACC.

He recruited top prospects, sent many onto the pros and graduated many others. His recruiting classes ranked in the top 10 each of his last seven years at FSU, with the 2011 class ranked No. 1 or 2 by every major recruiting service and the 2016 class ranked first.

Twelve of Fisher’s FSU players earned consensus All-America honors, with quarterback Jameis Winston winning the Heisman Trophy in 2013.

Fisher saw 83 of his student-athletes graduate, and NFL teams drafted 51 of his players, including 21 first- or second-round selections. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made Winston the No. 1 overall selection in 2015, one of three quarterbacks who played under Fisher to go in the first round. The Minnesota Vikings selected Christian Ponder 12th overall in 2011 and the Bills took EJ Manuel 16th overall in 2013.

The Seminoles set a modern-day NFL draft record with 29 players selected over a three-year period (2013-15), and Fisher had a first-round NFL draft choice every year he was head coach.

In 2017, 34 Seminoles made opening weekend NFL rosters, tying for the seventh-most alumni in the league.


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