The Seminoles watched in dismay as Travis was carted off the field during their victory over North Alabama in Week 12. It signaled the end of the quarterback’s playing career with the program, a sudden change for a team who looked to be on their way to the College Football Playoff.
Regardless, the health of their star quarterback is the thing on the minds of Florida State fans at the moment. Check out the heartfelt letter Travis penned to the world following his injury, featuring an inspiring call to action for the Seminoles.
“I truly cannot thank everyone enough for the many thoughts, prayers and messages that have been sent my way. I have been overwhelmed by the support from my teammates, coaches, the Florida State community and those all around the world,” wrote Travis, via Florida State on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Although the injury I sustained on November 18th, 2023, marks the end of my Seminole playing career, the great memories created here at FSU will never fade. Being the quarterback here at Florida State University has been a dream come true. I am humbled, honored and forever grateful.
“The journey this team set out on is not over yet as all of our goals still lie just ahead. I am excited to be by my brothers’ sides every day as we continue our attack. We’re all we got, we’re all we need. Job’s not finished. Go Noles!”
Instead of sulking following the heartbreaking end to his time with the Seminoles, Travis is going to do everything he can to help Florida State accomplish their goals. That’s what a true leader does, and that’s what Travis is proving to be.
Alas, that’s part of why Florida State leader Mike Norvell was very emotional when talking about his quarterback following the injury.
“I like to say you block it out. You don’t.” Norvell said. “Coming in, we knew this was Jordan Travis’ last game at Doak Campbell Stadium. I wanted to see him have a special game, special experience, you know. And for anytime somebody gets hurt, it hurt. I mean, it’s painful to see. It’s painful to have to go through.
“And I mean, you just want so bad for that kid. He does everything right. He really just is a special, special young man. I can’t say that I did block it out. You go and you coach and you do everything just like I said earlier, for the players that are out there on the field. I owe it to them, too. But it doesn’t lessen anything of the impact of when you said, any player that goes down. I mean, it’s hard. Because this is a game that these guys, they put so much into.”
Jordan Travis finished his final season at Florida State with 2,756 yards, 20 touchdowns, two interceptions, a 63.9% completion percentage, 176 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He’ll be hoping to watch his teammates finish the job, doing whatever he can to aid along the way.