23 – Derrick Gaffney
Derrick Tyrone Gaffney was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and played wide receiver for Doug Dickey‘s Florida Gators from 1974 to 1977. Derrick’s older brother, Don, was the starting QB (and first black starting QB for the Gators) from 1973 to 1977 (although they were both somewhat limited by the wishbone offense). Years later, Derrick’s son, Jabar Gaffney, and his nephew, Lito Shephard, would wind up playing on the same Florida Gator teams in 2000 and 2001. In a victory over Rice University in 1977, Derrick’s 99-yard touchdown reception from Cris Collinsworth tied an NCAA record and remains the SEC record for longest touchdown reception in history. Not bad for a receiver playing out of a wishbone rushing attack. Derrick was an 8th round draft pick for the New York Jets in 1978, where he played off and on until 1987.
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