Marcus Outzen, former Florida State QB who started in national championship game, dead at 46

Marcus Outzen, a former quarterback who rose to fame during his stellar career at Florida State, died Tuesday. He was 46.  

His son Colton posted the news of his father's death on social media.   

"Rest in Peace, @MarcusOutzen. "I love you so much, Dad," Colton wrote on X, formerly Twitter.  

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Outzen, also known as "The Rooster," died as a result of complications from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare immunological weakness  

Outzen took over as the Seminoles' starting quarterback after starter Chris Weinke suffered an injury late in the 1998 season.   

The 1999 Fiesta Bowl was the first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title game. The Tennessee Volunteers beat FSU in the contest.   

Florida State won Outzen's first two career starts, defeating Wake Forest and Florida. The Gators were the nation's fourth-ranked team at the time.  

"Marcus was a good friend to a lot of people," Outzen's ex-teammate Bobby Rhodes told the publication.  

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