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Spotlight: Jimbo Fisher Wins National Championship for Florida State

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For some, football isn't just a sport. It's a way of life. Football has been at the center of Jimbo Fisher's life dating back to his days growing up in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The former Liberty High School and Salem College standout finally reached the peak of the mountain on Monday night, winning the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl.

"Let me tell you something. I've been saying this since day one during spring ball. These kids are special. This group never faltered. They wanted to be elite. They wanted to go to the top and there is so much character in this group," Fisher said following the conclusion of Monday night's National Championship Game.

Fisher led the Seminoles to an undefeated 14-0 season, capped off by Monday's thrilling victory over the Auburn Tigers. Heisman Trophy winner and Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston rallied the Seminoles back on the final drive of the game, prompting Fisher to offer high praise for his budding star.

"Anybody can do it when it's their A-game night. A lot of guys can do that. But very few can do it when it's not their night. To pull it out in the atmosphere and environment and what was on the line tonight. To me, if that's not a great player then I don't know what one is.," Fisher explained.

"I was ready. I wanted to be in that situation because that's what great quarterbacks do. That's what the Tom Brady's, the Peyton Manning's, the Drew Brees, the Cam Newton's; that's what they do. I mean, any quarterback can go out there and perform when they're up 50-0 in the second quarter," Winston said.

And after the game, it was all about time with the family.

"We enjoyed it a little bit last night. We mainly just came back and had family. We didn't leave the room. My mom, my brothers, my friends and my wife and kids just hung out right there. I just sat there in the chair and almost half fell asleep to be honest with you. It felt like you just wanted to sleep for about a week after these season's," Fisher laughed.

Now Jimbo Fisher joins an elite group of West Virginia-born coaches to win a National Title, including a dear friend of his, Nick Saban.

"Nick and I talked about a couple of old hillbillies from those coal mines that came on and became football coaches. But we shared a few moments. Like I said, I have the utmost respect for Nick. I think he's a tremendous coach and a tremendous guy. He and I will always stay close friends.

"I want everyone to know. We're both from West Virginia," Alabama Head Football Coach and Monongah, WV native Nick Saban said. "We grew up about 10 miles apart. So nobody in the southeast knows that."