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Florida State University

Two decades after winning award, Tommy Polley has advice

It was 20 years ago that Tommy Polley had completed his work at Dunbar, laying the foundation for a promising future.

In a banner senior year, he led the Poets to their fourth straight state title in basketball and a second consecutive championship in football — winning All-Metro honors in basketball and a second straight All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year award in football.

He decided on football and Florida State, winning a national championship. He then became the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year playing linebacker for the St. Louis Rams in 2001 to begin a six-year career that included one standout season with the Ravens.

Of all the accolades he received...