- Posted On October 26, 2019
30 Nov 1996: Wide receiver Wayne Messam of the Florida State Seminoles looks for the ball during a game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State won the game 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /AllsporThe newest member of a crowded field of Democrats vying for the spot across the debate stage from President Donald Trump won’t have the highest name recognition in the country. College football fans from the early 1990s, and specifically Florida State fans, are likely familiar with Wayne Messam, though.Messam played at FSU from 1993-1996, winning a national title with the Seminoles as a freshman. During his career, he caught 62 passes for 793 yards and four touchdowns.Messam parlayed his FSU football career into a brief stint in the NFL. As an undrafted free agent, he spent time on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad in 1997.In the years following the end of his football career, Messam started a successful construction company, and the entered politics, winning a spot on the Miramar City Commission in 2011, before unseating a 16-year incumbent as mayor of the town in 2015. This year, he won reelection with over 86-percent of the vote.A few weeks after announcing an exploratory committee, Wayne Messam has officially announced that he is running for president in 2020.His announcement video features clips and plenty of discussion of his Florida State career.The American Dream my parents sought when they came from Jamaica with just a 5th grade education is fleeting. Together, we can put the American Dream back within reach for all #ChangeCantWait pic.twitter.com/oHwrBsx5uH— Wayne Messam (@WayneMessam) March 28, 2019Speaking to the Tallahassee Democrat about his former player’s campaign, legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, a noted Trump supporter, had kind words for the President’s potential 2020 foe.“That’s really exciting to hear,” Bowden said Thursday morning. “I remember he was a good leader for us. I know this, he has a lot of work ahead of him.”Before that can become a reality, he’ll have to score a huge upset over a field of nearly 20 other Democrats vying for the nomination.