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|Date of birth:February 5, 1947|
|Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida|
|High school: Jacksonville (FL) Paxon|
|College: Florida State|
|NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6|
|Debuted in 1969 for the Boston Patriots|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
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|College Football Hall of Fame|
Ronald "Jingle Joints" Sellers (born February 5, 1947) is a former American football player. He played college football for Florida State University, where he was a two-time All-American (1967, 1968). Despite being limited to a total of 30 games of regular season eligibility, Sellers still holds Florida State career records for receptions, receiving yards, and most 200-yard receiving games.. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. A wide receiver, he played for the American Football League's Boston Patriots in 1969, when he was an AFL All-Star, then for the National Football League's Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.
He went on to star at Florida State University as a split end and flanker in the team's pro-style offense. In 1967 and 1968 he received All-America honors. He recorded 212 passes for 3,598 yards (an NCAA record at the time) and 23 touchdowns. He wore the number 34 which was retired by the school, until he gave linebacker Ernie Sims permission to use it while playing for the Seminoles.
Sellers still holds 17 receiving and scoring records at Florida State University- including 5 touchdowns against Wake Forest University. In 2007, he was named to The State of Florida’s “100 Greatest High School Football Players in Florida History”.
In 1973 he was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, in 1977 he was inducted into the Florida State University Hall of Fame and in 1988 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
New England Patriots
Sellers was drafted in the first round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Boston Patriots. He earned AFL All-Star honors as a rookie after making 27 receptions for 705 yards, with 6 touchdowns and 26.1 average yards per reception.
In 1971 the team changed its name to the New England Patriots after relocating to Foxborough. During that season he missed four games due to injuries, lost his starting position. At the end of the year he was traded to the Super Bowl champions the Dallas Cowboys, in exchange for a third round draft choice.
In 1972 he was a backup until the seventh game, when he was promoted to replace Bob Hayes in the starting lineup, in order to take advantage of his big play ability. Even though he finished the season as the Cowboys top receiver, registering 31 receptions for 653 yards, five touchdowns and a 21.1 yards average per reception, the team looked to upgrade its receiving corps, by trading him along with a second round draft choice to the Super Bowl champions the Miami Dolphins, in exchange for Otto Stowe.