Go Gators! Florida has had some great college teams, and the Gators are one of them. If you live in Florida, chances are you either love the Gators or hate them! Here is some background info, news, and fun facts about this powerhouse football team.
BACKGROUND — The Florida Gators Football team at the University of Florida compete in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play home games in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium ( known as “The Swamp”) and have won three national championships and eight SEC titles in the 108-season history of their program. The then University of the State of Florida began its football team in 1906, when the university moved its campus to Gainesville. The Gators have played in forty bowl games; won three national championships and eight Southeastern Conference championships; produced 89 All-Americans, 46 NFL first-round draft choices, and three Heisman Trophy winners. The 2015 season will be the first for the 25th head coach, Jim McElwain. The Gator team has had more victories than any other program in the NCAA’s FBS since 1990. Says a lot about their southern power. Over 270 former Gators players have played in one or more regular season games for 40 different NFL teams; on opening day of the 2014 season, 35 former Gators appeared on the rosters of NFL teams.
- The Florida Gators picked up their 9th ninth pledge to the 2015 football class when Miami Norland linebacker Rayshad Jackson picked the Gators over Arkansas. Jackson is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker committed to the Gators. Sound like Jackson could lend some heft to the team.
- Florida was the only member of the SEC without an indoor practice facility until recently, when the Gators announced that they would break ground on a new $15 million facility. Should make them even more finely tuned.
SOME INTERESTING FACTS
- The first Gators’ head coach was Pee Wee Forsythe in 1906.
- The University of Florida was a founding member of the Southeastern Conference in 1932.
- The Florida Gators wore one Nike Revolution football jerseys that were blue and featuring an orange left shoulder in 2005.
- The infamous Florida–Georgia Game was previously known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.”
- Unlike most other college and professional sports teams, the Gators do not have any retired jersey numbers; the Gator Football Ring of Honor is their alternative to retiring a player’s number; it homage to the best former players and coaches.