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44 days to Gator football! #48 James Bates

Discussion in 'Gator Football' started by Escambia94, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    #44 James Bates played of Sevierville, Tennessee played middle linebacker for Steve Spurrier‘s Florida Gators , where he captained the defense of in their 1996 Bowl Alliance National Champion season. James was named to the All SEC squad that year after making 125 tackles, 51 solo. He was a key member of four SEC championship squads. James also declared himself to be Zack Piller’s wrestling manager, and if he had the opportunity, he would have also co-starred with Eric Kresser in a Brian Bosworth movie. James graduated with a degree in telecommunications and became a sports broadcaster and later a professor at his alma mater. He is also an artist whose work may be found on b8sypaint.com or on his Twitter account.

    Bonus trivia: his father, Jim Bates, was Steve Spurrier’s first defensive coordinator when Spurrier returned to Gainesville as head ball coach in 1990 before taking defensive coordinator and interim head coaching positions in the NFL.
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