Jimbo Fisher on possible jump to NFL: 'I never say never'
While Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher doesn’t have his eyes set on an NFL gig, he admitted in a radio interview with NBC Sports that he’s had teams reach out to him “recently.”
Fisher said he loves the college game, but he’d never completely rule out a jump to the next level.
“I never say never,” Fisher said. “I’m not one of those guys that that’s my end-all ambition. But in this business you never say never. I’ve had some opportunities to go up in the NFL and I’ve chosen not to do it, as coordinators and coaches — not as a head coach, I’ve had some people inquire. But it’s not a driving force to me to do that, not saying I wouldn’t ever do it, because you’ll never know in this business.”
Fisher said he’s never had an official offer to be an NFL head coach, but teams have gauged his interest through various channels.
“I’ve had people inquire that if I’d be interested, through agents and stuff like that,” Fisher said. “And it’s just not something that I’ve jumped on right away.”
For now, the college game is what is appeals to Fisher.
“I love being a college football coach, I love living in the south, I love being able to get three or four first-round picks in a class instead of only picking one,” Fisher said.
“I love college kids. I love 18-to-22, 23-year-old kids. I love the family life. I love living in the towns I live in. I love living in Tallahassee. It’s a great place to raise a family, it’s a great place to grow. You’re living in warm weather. I don’t have that ambition — not saying, again, I wouldn’t — but it’s not my driving force to have to be a pro football coach.”
Fisher has a 59-11 record in five seasons as Florida State’s head coach, including winning 28 of his last 29 games. He is slated to make more than $5 million next season. That sounds like a pretty good reason to kick around in Tallahassee for a while.
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