When Peter Warrick, the electrifying wideout who had led Florida State to last season's national championship game, stepped to a podium on campus to announce his draft intentions a few days later, he wasn't sure what he was going to say. "At the last second I went with my heart," Warrick says. He stunned the crowd of reporters, to say nothing of the NFL scouts who had listed him as a top 10 pick in the draft, when he said he would return to Tallahassee for his senior season. Warrick's friends called him crazy for turning down millions, and he had to change his phone number three times to avoid agents. Last month he had a physical exam and filled out a mountain of forms to get a $3 million insurance policy to protect himself in case of a career-ending injury.
Perhaps the only people outside Tallahassee who were pleased with Warrick's decision were the NFL's defensive coordinators. As a junior the 6-foot, 190-pound Warrick averaged 20.2 yards per catch and 102.7 yards receiving per game. He has a 37-inch vertical leap and displays the kind of quickness that has scouts using terms like "unstoppable... acrobatic...an Andre Rison with speed ... incredible...the Number 1 guy in the whole draft at this point...everybody's dream."
"When Pete goes out there, it reminds me of when Deion [Sanders] played for us," says Seminoles receivers coach Jeff Bowden. "You can feel the electricity in the crowd change. I compare Pete to Mark McGwire. He's not going to hit a home run every time, but the threat is always there."
Warrick definitely whiffed in the Fiesta Bowl, He was held to one catch for seven yards, and during the game he was seen throwing a temper tantrum on the sideline. Perhaps he wasn't read? for the NFL after all. "The best thing about another year in college is that it will help me mature," says Warrick. "I've waited my whole life to play in the pros. I can wait another six months. I'm happy with my decision."