TALLAHASSEE— Former Chipley High School standout Amp Lee will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at Florida State University on Sept. 5, it was announced recently.
Lee will be among seven new members introduced the night before the season-opening home game of the 2014 football season against The Citadel.
He will be joined by 2004 national softball Player of the Year Jessica van der Linden Boulware, top tackler in Seminole football history Aaron Carter, pioneer in women’s athletic Harlien Johnson, one of FSU’s greatest swimmers Sara Linke Valentine, baseball star Jeremy Morris and Moore-Stone Award winner Russ Morcom.
Lee came to Florida State on a football scholarship in 1989 from Chipley and during three seasons became one of the best, and most popular running backs in FSU history.
FSU coaches recognized immediately that Lee’s unique running style and sure-handed receiving ability would fit perfectly into the Seminole’s system. Lee was remarkably elusive using quick cuts and shifty moves.
Lee totaled 290 yards rushing and 272 receiving as a true freshman on FSU’s 10-2 Fiesta Bowl champion team in 1989. He scored long touchdowns both the first time he rushed the football and the first time he caught a pass.
He had a breakout season as a sophomore gaining 825 yards on 158 carries and was voted MVP of the inaugural Blockbuster Bowl following FSU’s 24-17 win over Penn State.
Lee gained 977 yards as junior in 1991, which was the fifth best single season mark at FSU at the time. The Seminoles were 11-2 that season and defeated Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.
During Lee’s three seasons FSU never finished ranked lower than fourth in the AP poll. His career totals included 2,092 rushing yards and 38 career touchdowns, which is tied for the fourth most TDs in school history.
Lee left early for the NFL where he was a second-round draft pick and played nine years with the 49ers, Vikings, Rams and Eagles.
During his early years, Lee helped lead the Chipley Tigers to the 1998 District Championship with a 9-0 record in the regular season. Lee and his teammates traveled to Monticello to play for the Class AA Regional Championships, where they claimed a 17-14 victory. They later came up short in the sectional championship against Williston, but the season is remembered as one of the most successful of that decade.