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Up Close With Tomahawk Nation’s: Meet the Real Tommy Mire

Here at Tomahawk Nation, we are fortunate to have a great group of knowledgeable people ourselves who are able to help shape, produce and elevate the content we publish here covering Florida State athletics. .

Sometimes it’s easy to forget there’s a human behind the words – we’re here to help. Each week, we’ll give a look at the people who make TN’s engine purr.

Next, one of our young guns with his boots on the ground in Tallahassee, the man Rashad Greene wanted nothing to do with, writer and Tomahawk Nation staffer, Tommy Mire.

What made you follow FSU football/recruitment and other sports as closely as you do?

Good question. Florida State has always been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up in Tallahassee in the 80s and 90s and had never really been anywhere else until around 2009.

My FSU “fandom” started at a young age, but it didn’t really take hold until I was posted to Guam in 2012. I was sitting in front of a computer and a friend of mine came over and started tell me about FSU. Homesickness hit and from then on I was hooked. Watching FSU became my sense of belonging and, well, here I am.

Crazy little note: A few years later, on a ship, I had the biggest rash imaginable after working on the flight deck in the intense heat that comes from being on a rack. planes in the middle of summer.

Low and behold, former FSU defensive lineman Alex Boston literally slept in the bunk across from me. He had experienced these kinds of conditions before and handed me a bottle of tea tree oil to help.

I didn’t know it at the time, but I came to realize he was playing for FSU as we both went crazy in the common area watching Dalvin Cook do his thing. Alex Boston – a solid guy.

Alex Boston

Who is your favorite FSU football player of all time?

Rashad Greene. The man popped up anytime, big or small, and was such a reliable unsung hero in my opinion.

Another crazy little story: I went home on leave once and my mom (knowing how much I adored this guy) emailed him to see if he wanted to meet me or say hello or something . Our plans never really materialized.

What Seminole highlight makes you happiest when you watch it?

Gwyn Rhodes has already chosen one of the ones I was thinking of but there are hundreds of them. The correct answer would be any.

The first that comes to mind would be Dalvin Cook becoming FSU’s all-time best rusher against Syracuse, and then this one at 00:15. Watching him disappear into a heap and then reappear heading towards the end zone was remarkable.

What was the most memorable FSU game you attended live, at Doak or anywhere else as a visitor?

Whew, recently? Facepalm vs Jacksonville State, 4th and 14 vs Miami, UNC ’20 and ’21.

As a kid it would have to have been Duke in the 90s. I was a kid living in the woods of Killearn and hanging out with my dad for a change. We watched the games on a small TV screen with an AV antenna and listened to Deckerhoff’s calls live in the nosebleed section.

Getting every player to sign a ball apart from Dick Howser was also a must when we went to see the baseball team.

What’s your favorite non-soccer FSU time?

My first punch with coaches and players.

Watching the university become a top 20 institution, watching basketball grow, football championships, the College World Series, and walking around the stadium at 19 with a world of imaginable things that could happen.

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If it couldn’t be FSU, which college team would you support?

A team well outside the realm of the ACC. Washington? I was also raised at LSU because a lot of my family is from that part of the United States, so – Saban-era LSU? UCF (National Champions?).

I’m not really sure. To be honest, I’m a Seminole.

Which professional teams are you a fan of, if any?

New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and not necessarily in that order. I also like the Baltimore Ravens and the Minnesota Vikings.

If you could have played for FSU, what position would you have played and what number would you have worn?

Is there an opening for the male cannonball? I probably would have been good at it.

Tell Tomahawk Nation something unique about yourself.

There is nothing unique about me. I’m just your average, tripping on a sidewalk, saying to a pretty girl “Hey” while tripping to get on a spaceship aiming for Taco Bell to pick up food on the way kinda guy. I love quesadillas.

I would like to thank Tommy Mire for his contributions to the Tomahawk Nation over the years and for sharing his FSU experiences with the Tomahawk Nation community.

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