DeMarcus Walker coaxes congratulations out of Marco Rubio after FSU beats Gators

Seminoles defensive end sends smiley-face emoji to senator who took jab at FSU

Florida State defensive end DeMarcus Walker holds a gator head in celebration after the Seminoles beat the Florida Gators 31-13 in Tallahassee. (Jeff Romance)

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Isn't it great when elected officials have an open dialogue with their constituents on Twitter?

That was the case after Florida State defeated the Florida Gators 31-13 on Saturday night in Tallahassee.

DeMarcus Walker, a star defensive end for the Seminoles who was playing his final home game, took to Twitter to remind U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., of remarks he made last year that rankled many Florida State fans.

Rubio said in a September 2015 interview that Florida State University is a place that "people that can't get into Florida can go to college."

Rubio's comment prompted FSU President John Thrasher, a fellow Republican, to refer to West Miami's most well-known Cuban-American as "a nice kid."

Walker simply sent a smiley-face emoji to the former presidential candidate, who was recently re-elected to the Senate.

"You earned it," Rubio replied Monday morning. "Congrats. Stay healthy, you are about to get paid. & I hope you are a @MiamiDolphins in 2017."

Walker thanked Rubio for "finally responding" and wished him well.

"Go Noles," Walker said.

Walker never lost to Florida, which has lost four in a row to the Seminoles.

Rubio attributed his late response to a "busy weekend."

"#FidelCastro died, @MiamiDolphins won & one other thing happened I rather not discuss," Rubio said.

Walker's two sacks against the Gators bring his season total to 15, which is tied with Boston College junior Harold Landry for most in the nation.

Rubio received an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. Of course, with that Florida education, he probably already knows that FSU is for people who can't get into that other college in Gainesville.

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