Burt Reynolds is a member of the Florida State Hall of Fame, and an athletic dorm once was named after him. He played football at FSU. 

He remained good friends with former FSU coach Bobby Bowden and joined the coach for many years on a weekly television show.

Reynolds was a frequent visitor on the sidelines at Florida State football games.

In 2014, Corso told Seminole Boosters, “I was famous for one thing at Florida State: I was Burt Reynolds’ roommate. … With his looks and my car, we’d kill ’em in Tallahassee.”

Reynolds was a part owner of the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits, who took their name from his most famous role in Smokey and the Bandit.