And then, but for the grace of modern Xerography, FSU would have lost Sellers before his first day in school. Florida State had recruited nine boys from Sellers' hometown of Jacksonville, but when the grants-in-aid were mailed to recruiter John Griner for signatures there were only eight. There was none for Sellers.
Griner got on the telephone with Peterson. "Hey, you forgot to send one for Sellers."
"We didn't forget," said Peterson. "That's all we have. Tell the boy we're sorry."
"I can't do that," said Griner. "I promised him. I gave my word."
Peterson sighed. "O.K. Tell you what. Go find one of those Xerox machines and have a copy made of one of those other grants. Tell him he can sign an original when he gets here."
Sellers enjoys telling the story. "And you know," he says, "they never did let me sign an original? I don't even think I belong in school."