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72 days to Gator football! #72 Larry Gagner

Discussion in 'Gator Football' started by Escambia94, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    #72 Larry Gagner (1964-65) was standout offensive lineman for Ray Graves' Florida Gators, and was first-team All-SEC in both 1964 and ’65. As a senior, he was a Football News first-team All-American. He participated in the Gators' first-ever major bowl appearance, the 1966 Sugar Bowl, and graduated in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1967. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2nd round of the 1966 NFL Draft and by the Miami Dolphins in the 3rd round of the 1966 AFL Draft (back when both leagues were separate and had independent drafts). Pittsburgh signed Larry to a $150,000 contract in what was then one of the highest salaries in the sport--especially for a lineman! He started all the games at guard in his first two years and was a team captain until a near-fatal car accident effectively ended his football career. He was named to the University of Florida Athletic Association Hall of Fame as a Gator Great. Larry is currently an artist living in Tampa, Florida.

  2. Leakfan12

    Leakfan12 VIP Member

    Oh man, he could have been a part Steelers teams of the 1970s but he got drunk while driving (looking at his Wikipedia page) and got into an incident which pretty much ended his career. Scary part, he wasn't the only Steeler it happened to Gabe Rivera did the same thing and again ended his career.
  3. Escambia94

    Escambia94 Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE) Moderator

    He definitely could have been part of some great teams. He is still proud of his time as both a Gator and a Steeler.
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