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Greatest Gators by Jersey Number

Escambia94

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Here are the greatest Gators by jersey number ranked by accolades. Note that only three Gators have worn jersey number 0 since it was allowed by NCAA in 2020, but none of them have earned any accolades.
JerseyPlayer
1​
William Percival “Percy" Harvin III
2​
Adrian White
3​
Lito Decorian Sheppard
4​
Lawrence D. Wright III
5​
D'Tanyian Jacquez "Quezi" Green
6​
Judd D. Davis
7​
Daniel C. “Danny” Wuerffel
8​
Rex D. Grossman III
9​
M. Shane Matthews
10​
D. Jabar Gaffney​
11​
Stephen O. “Steve” Spurrier
12​
Kerwin Douglas Bell
13​
Alex J. Brown
14​
L. Bruce Bennett Jr.
15​
Timothy R. “Tim” Tebow
16​
AJ Jones
17​
Chas Henry
18​
Louis Oliver III
19​
Isaac J. “Ike” Hilliard
20​
James W. Rountree
21​
Frederick A. “Fred” Taylor
22​
Emmitt J. Smith III
23​
Derrick Tyrone Gaffney​
24​
Joseph Frederick Weary
25​
Brandon Keith James
26​
Jarvis E. Williams
27​
C. Neal Anderson
28​
Christopher P. Doering
29​
P. Michael “Mike” Peterson
30​
James Roosevelt Jones​
31​
Malcolm E. Hammack
32​
Reggie Lee Nelson
33​
Nathaniel “Nat" Moore
34​
Donald G. “Don” Chandler
35​
Jimmy D. DuBose
36​
Kevin Freeman​
37​
Bruce Starling​
38​
Willie James McGrady​
39​
Dale H. Van Sickel
40​
Brandon Siler​
41​
John M. Simpson
42​
Jevon “The Freak” Kearse​
43​
Glenn S. Cameron
44​
Richard E. Trapp
45​
Carlos Alvarez
46​
Charles R. “Chuck” Hunsinger
47​
Bruce Vaughn​
48​
Lee Roy "Red" Bethea
49​
Jeffrey Robin Chandler​
50​
J. Broward "Brad" Culpepper
51​
Brandon Spikes
52​
Chris Bromley​
53​
Charlie “Horse” Williams​
54​
Mark Murray​
55​
Scot E. Brantley
56​
LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey
57​
Kevin L. Carter
58​
Frederic M. Abbott
59​
Calvery Ray “Cal” Dixon III
60​
Victor R. “Vic” Miranda
61​
John Barrow
62​
Malcolm E. "Mac" Steen
63​
Jim Tartt​
64​
O'Cyrus Torrence
65​
Randall B. Jackson
66​
Scott Hutchison​
67​
Keith Phillip Williams​
68​
Mike Degory
69​
Zachary Paul Piller
70​
Jason Brian Odom
71​
Michael Wayne Pearson
72​
Lawrence J. Gagner
73​
David W. Williams
74​
H. Jackson “Jack” Youngblood
75​
Lomas Brown Jr.
76​
Joseph F. “Joe-joe” D'Agostino Jr.
77​
Guy Durell Dennis
78​
I. Kenyatta Walker
79​
Mo Collins
80​
Chris Faulkner​
81​
Aaron Hernandez
82​
Mike Mularkey​
83​
Dwayne Keith Dixon
84​
Kyle Anthony Pitts
85​
David L. Galloway Sr.
86​
Garrison “Gary” Rolle​
87​
Jim Yancey
88​
Wilber B. Marshall
89​
Wesley S. “Wes” Chandler
90​
Huey L. Richardson Jr.
91​
Derrick Harvey​
92​
Reggie McGrew​
93​
Alonzo Johnson
94​
William Albert Gaines​
95​
Raymondo Antoine “Ray” McDonald​
96​
Jeff Roth​
97​
Michael Brandon
98​
Godfrey Clarence Myles​
99​
Samuel L. “Sammy” Green
 

Escambia94

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Moderator
In case anyone was wondering, here are the alternates for best by jersey number. Note that some jerseys do not have many players to rank: 2, 3, 32, 52, 54, 63, 67, 68, 86, 86, 87, 90, 91, 95, 96, 97, 99
Jersey
Name
1​
Keiwan J. Ratliff
4​
Ciatrick Antione Fason​
5​
Joseph Walter “Joe” Haden III
6​
John W. James Jr.
7​
T. Johnson “John” Reaves
8​
Carlos Dunlap
9​
Darrell Lamont Jackson​
10​
Monty Grow​
11​
Benjamin Ujean “Ben” Hanks​
12​
Christopher Patrick Leak​
13​
Ray Criswell
14​
Bruce Bennett​
15​
Reidel C. Anthony
16​
Vernell Brown II​
17​
Clyde Crabtree
18​
Robert Anthony “Tony” Lilly
19​
Travis Taylor​
20​
Robert Gillespie​
21​
A. Cris Collinsworth
22​
John L. Williams
23​
Allen R. Trammell Jr.
25​
Lee C. McGriff
27​
Bernard P. Parrish
28​
Jeff Demps​
29​
Porter Michael “Mike” Peterson
30​
James R. Jones
31​
Carlton Miles​
33​
W. Lawrence “Larry” Smith
34​
Brady Ackerman​
35​
Ahmad Black
36​
Vito McKeever​
38​
Harvin Clark​
39​
Larry Brinson​
40​
Rainey Cawthon
41​
Keith Kelsey​
42​
Billy Latsko​
44​
Ephesians Bartley​
45​
Ralph Ortega
46​
Donald D. “Don” Fleming
47​
Brandon Antwine​
48​
Dexter Lavista Daniels
49​
Jermaine Alexander Alfred Cunningham​
50​
Phil Bromley​
51​
David L. Little
53​
Kim Helton​
55​
Channing Crowder
56​
Clifford Charlton​
58​
Johnny Boykins Rutledge III​
60​
Jack Katz
61​
Ellis Bernard Johnson
62​
Alonzo Loqwone Mitz​
64​
R. Burton Lawless
65​
J. Franklin “Frank” Dempsey
69​
Dan Clement Fike Jr.
70​
Cooper M. Carlisle
71​
Michael W. “Mike" Pearson
72​
Velles A. “Vel" Heckman
73​
Sharrif Kalil Floyd
74​
Jeffrey Alan Zimmerman
75​
Charles W. “Charlie” LaPradd
76​
A. Dennis Murphy
77​
Maximillian Weisner “Max” Starks IV
78​
Reggie Green
79​
James W. “Jimmy” Kynes
80​
Mark McGriff​
81​
Dallas Baker​
82​
Aubrey Hill​
83​
David Nelson​
84​
Benjamin LaShaun Troupe
88​
Elliott Cornelius “Jack” Jackson Jr.
89​
Charles A. Casey
92​
Darren Mickell​
93​
Raymond L. "Trace"Armstrong III
94​
Jarvis Jaray Moss​
 

Escambia94

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Greatest Gators by Jersey: 90 to 99

UF RankJersey NumberNamePosYearsNarrative
71​
90​
Huey L. Richardson Jr.
DE
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990​
Defensive end Huey Richardson was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection, a first-team All-American, and a senior team captain. At the conclusion of his four years as a Gator, he totaled 26.5 quarterback sacks and 50.5 tackles for a loss.[12] The Pittsburgh Steelers chose Richardson in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft.[86]
171​
91​
Derrick Harvey​
DE​
2005, 2006, 2007​
Derrick Harvey was an American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL). Here's a summary of his career: College: Played college football for the University of Florida and was part of a BCS National Championship team. Draft: Selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round (8th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. NFL Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars (2008-2010) and Denver Broncos (2011). Playing Stats: Played in 52 games with 8 sacks.​
153​
92​
Reggie McGrew​
DL​
1996, 1997, 1998​
Reggie McGrew was a defensive tackle who played in the NFL during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Here's a rundown of his career: College: Played for the University of Florida Gators from 1996 to 1998. Draft: Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round (24th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. NFL Career: Played four seasons (1999-2002) for two teams: San Francisco 49ers (1999-2001) Atlanta Falcons (2002) Played in 24 games across his career. Currently: Works as the Assistant Director of Sports Performance for the University of Oklahoma football team.​
60​
93​
Alonzo Johnson
LB
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985​
Linebacker Alonzo Johnson was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection, two-time first-team All-American, and two-time team captain. He was a key member of the Gators defense that produced two first-place SEC finishes in 1984 and 1985. He finished his college career with 335 tackles, fifty-five tackles for a loss, and twenty-seven quarterback sacks.[12] The Philadelphia Eagles picked him in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft.[60]
106​
94​
William Albert Gaines​
DL​
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993​
William Albert Gaines (born June 20, 1971) is an American former college and professional football player who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons during the 1990s. Gaines played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins of the NFL. He was named third-team All-American and first-team All-SEC in 1993. He played in 52 games in the NFL from 1995 to 1997.​
166​
95​
Raymondo Antoine “Ray” McDonald​
DE​
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006​
Raymondo Antoine McDonald (born September 2, 1984) is a former American football defensive end. He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team. As team captain, he was named First-team All-SEC in 2006. He played in the NFL for seven years.​
155​
96​
Jeff Roth​
DL​
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988​
Jeffery Neil Roth (born April 21, 1966) is a former American football defensive tackle in the Arena Football League (AFL) for the Orlando Predators. He also was a member of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL. He played college football at the University of Florida. He was named second-team All-SEC in 1987 and 1988. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1989, but did not see much action in the NFL or the Arena Football League.​
215​
97​
Michael Brandon
DE
1989, 1990, 1991​
Michael Breon Brandon (born July 30, 1968) is a former American football defensive end who played four seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.[1][2] He played college football at Florida and was drafted by the Colts in the 12th round of the 1992 NFL Draft.[3] He was also a member of the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints of the NFL and the Scottish Claymores of the World League of American Football (WLAF).[4]​
198​
98​
Godfrey Clarence Myles​
LB​
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990​
Godfrey Clarence Myles (September 22, 1968 – June 10, 2011) was an American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Florida. He was named second-team All-SEC in 1990 before being selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1991 NFL draft. He played in 76 games for the Cowboys before ending his NFL career with the Denver Broncos in 1997. Unfortunately he suffered a heart attack in 2011 at the age of 42.​
68​
99​
Samuel L. “Sammy” Green
LB
1972–75​
Linebacker Sammy Green was a first-team All-SEC selection, a consensus first-team All-American, and a senior team captain.[12] As a sophomore in 1973, he forced a critical fumble that led to a touchdown and the Gators' margin of victory in a 12–8 upset of the Auburn Tigers at home—the Gators' first-ever win at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Seattle Seahawks drafted Green in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft.[50]
 

Escambia94

Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE)
Moderator
Greatest Gators by Jersey: 80 to 89

UF rankJersey NumberNamePosYearsNarrative
142​
80​
Chris Faulkner​
TE​
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982​
Chris Faulkner from Arcadia, Indiana played for Doug Dickey and Charley Pell from 1978 to 1982, where he was was both an honorable mention All-American and first-team All-SEC selection during his Florida career despite being a former walk-on. He still shares the Gator record for most catches in a game by a tight end (nine). He finished his college career with 71 receptions for 752 yards and eight touchdowns, despite splitting time with Mike Mularkey.​
78​
81​
Aaron Hernandez
TE​
2007, 2008, 2009​
Aaron Hernandez's story is complex and tragic. Here's a breakdown of his career, acknowledging both his accomplishments and the serious legal issues that ultimately cut his life short. College Success at Florida (2007-2009): Statistically Dominant: Hernandez was a highly talented tight end at the University of Florida. He finished his career with 111 catches for 1,382 yards and 18 touchdowns, setting school records for most catches by a tight end in a season (68 in 2009) and career (111) [1]. He was also a key contributor to the Gators' 2009 BCS National Championship win [2]. National Recognition: Hernandez's talent wasn't confined to the SEC. He earned first-team All-American honors in 2009, solidifying his place among the nation's elite tight ends [1]. NFL Career Cut Short (2010-2012): High Draft Pick: Hernandez's impressive college career translated to the NFL Draft. He was selected by the New England Patriots in the first round (11th overall) in 2010 [3]. Early Success: Hernandez showed promise in the NFL. He won two Super Bowl championships (XLIX and LI) with the Patriots [4].​
258​
82​
Mike Mularkey​
TE​
1980, 1981, 1982​
Michael Rene Mularkey (born November 19, 1961) is a former American football coach and tight end in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, and was drafted in the ninth round of the 1983 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers and lasted until the final round of cuts. Mularkey then signed with the Minnesota Vikings with whom he played for six seasons before playing another three with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mularkey has since served as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, the offensive coordinator for the Steelers, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons, and the tight ends coach for the Dolphins, Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Falcons.​
11​
83​
Dwayne Keith Dixon
WR
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983​
Wide receiver Dwayne Dixon was a first-team All-SEC selection, an All-American, and the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award. He led the team in receiving yardage in 1982 and 1983.[12] Dixon signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1984, and enjoyed a seven-year professional career,[44] before returning to Gainesville to become an assistant coach.​
33​
84​
Kyle Anthony Pitts
TE
2018-2020​
Kyle Pitts is a young but already impactful tight end for the Atlanta Falcons. Here's a breakdown of his impressive journey so far: College Success at Florida (2018-2020): Highly Recruited: A highly sought-after recruit out of high school, Pitts committed to the University of Florida [1]. Dominant Performance: He quickly established himself as a dominant force in college football. In just three seasons (2018-2020), he amassed 100 receptions for 1,492 yards and 18 touchdowns [2]. Award-Winning Tight End: Pitts' talent earned him numerous accolades. He was named a unanimous All-American and won the John Mackey Award in 2020, given to college football's most outstanding tight end [2]. Top Pick in the 2021 NFL Draft: Highly Coveted Prospect: Considered the top tight end prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft, Pitts was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the fourth overall pick [3].​
90​
85​
David L. Galloway Sr.
DL
1977–80​
Defensive tackle and end David Galloway was a star lineman under two different head coaches. As a junior, he was a key member of the Gators defense that led the biggest one-year turnaround in NCAA history. As a senior team captain in 1981, Galloway was a first-team All-SEC selection, and a first-team All-American.[12] The St. Louis Cardinals picked Galloway in the second round of the 1982 NFL Draft, and he played in the NFL for nine seasons.[48]
221​
86​
Garrison “Gary” Rolle​
WR​
1982, 1983, 1984​
Gary Rolle played wide receiver for the University of Florida. Academic Achievements: Earned a 3.68 GPA in zoology. First Team Academic All-American. Two-time member of the SEC Honor Roll. Won the Walter Matherly Award for the highest GPA at the University of Florida. Won the Fergie Ferguson Award for outstanding leadership, character, and courage. Playing Career: Three-year letterman for the Florida Gators. Helped the Gators achieve a 26-7-2 record during his playing time. Played in the 1983 Gator Bowl. Professional Career: Drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 1985 NFL Draft (11th round). Chose to pursue a medical career instead and enrolled in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. Became a successful orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee surgery and sports medicine. Currently serves as the team orthopedic surgeon for FAMU.​
190​
87​
Jim Yancey
WR
1969-1971​
James Yancey was born October 3, 1927 in Tallahassee, the fourth of ten children. He is better known for being captain of the University of Florida’s first unbeaten season in golf.​
3​
88​
Wilber B. Marshall
LB
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983​
Wilber Marshall's accomplishments at the University of Florida are indeed impressive. Here's a summary: Dominating Linebacker (1980-1983): Defensive Powerhouse: Marshall was a force on the field, amassing 343 tackles, 58 tackles for loss, and 23 quarterback sacks during his college career [1]. Award Recognition: His stellar defense earned him numerous accolades. He was named a three-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection (1981, 1982, 1983) [1]. Furthermore, he secured the prestigious title of consensus first-team All-American in both 1982 and 1983 [1]. National Recognition: Marshall's impact extended beyond the SEC. He was recognized as the National Defensive Player of the Year by ABC Sports in 1983 [2]. Gator Great: Ring of Honor: Marshall's legacy at the University of Florida is cemented by his induction into the Florida Football Ring of Honor in 2007 [2]. This distinction recognizes his exceptional contributions to the Gators program. Gator Great: He was also identified as a "Gator Great" in 2007, further solidifying his place in the program's history [2]. Sources: [1] Wikipedia - Wilber Marshall bio [2] Florida Gators - A Tradition of Honor - Wilber Marshall​
7​
89​
Wesley S. “Wes” Chandler
WR
1974, 1975, 1976, 1977​
Wes Chandler's career at the University of Florida stands out for his dominance as a wide receiver despite playing in a run-oriented offense. Here's a breakdown of his accomplishments: Dominant Receiver in Run-Heavy Offense (1974-1977): Record-Breaking Production: Although the Gators primarily relied on a rushing attack, Chandler thrived. He finished his career with 92 receptions for 1,963 yards and a school record (at the time) of 22 touchdown catches [1, 2]. He even holds the record for most total touchdowns (28) with his additional scores on rushes and returns [2]. National Recognition: Chandler's talent transcended the team's offensive scheme. He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection in both 1976 and 1977 [1, 2]. He also garnered prestigious national recognition by earning first-team All-American honors in those same years [1, 2]. Academic Achievement: Beyond athletic prowess, Chandler excelled in academics. He was named a first-team Academic All-American in 1977 [2].​
 

Escambia94

Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE)
Moderator
Greatest Gators by Jersey: 70 to 79

UF RankJersey NumberNamePosYearsNarrative
35​
70​
Jason Brian Odom
OL
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995​
Offensive lineman Jason Odom was a four-year starter, a first-team All-SEC selection, a unanimous first-team All-American, and a senior team captain. He was also the recipient of the SEC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy. In his four years as a Gator, the team won three consecutive SEC championships, and played for a Bowl Alliance national championship.[12] Odom played four NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[75]
30​
71​
Michael Wayne Pearson
OL
1999, 2000, 2001​
Mike Pearson (Offensive Tackle, 2002-2006): College Standout at Florida: A standout offensive tackle at the University of Florida, Pearson played alongside Lito Sheppard (whom you previously asked about) [1]. While specific college stats might be difficult to find, his contributions were likely significant. Drafted by the Jaguars: Following his college career, Pearson was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round (39th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft [2]. Limited Playing Time: While drafted high, Pearson's NFL career wasn't extensive. He primarily served as a backup offensive tackle for the Jaguars and never quite secured a starting role [3]. Short Stint in the CFL: After his time with the Jaguars, Pearson had a brief stint in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Toronto Argonauts in 2006 [4].​
87​
72​
Lawrence J. Gagner
OL
1963–65​
Guard Larry Gagner was a first-team All-SEC selection in 1964 and 1965, and a first-team All-American in 1965. As a senior offensive lineman, Gagner participated in the 1966 Sugar Bowl, the Gators' first-ever major bowl appearance.[12] Gagner was a second-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers and enjoyed a successful five-year NFL career.[47]
74​
73​
David W. Williams
OL
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988​
Offensive lineman David Williams started in every game during his four-season college career, including the Gators' first-place SEC season in 1985. He was a two-time first-team ALL-SEC selection, an All-American, and a senior team captain.[12] Williams was a first-round draft pick of the Houston Oilers and started in 106 games during his nine-season NFL career.[100]
4​
74​
H. Jackson “Jack” Youngblood
DE
1968, 1969, 1970​
Jack Youngblood's accomplishments at the University of Florida solidify him as a legend for the Gators program. Here's a breakdown of his impressive career: Defensive End Dominance (1968-1970): Record-Breaking Sacks: Youngblood accumulated a school record of 24 quarterback sacks in his three seasons, showcasing his exceptional pass-rushing ability. Lineman Leadership: He didn't just disrupt quarterbacks; Youngblood led the Gators' defensive linemen in tackles twice, with 66 tackles in 1969 and 58 tackles in 1970. Award Recognition: Youngblood's talent garnered numerous accolades. In 1970, he was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American, the SEC Lineman of the Year, and a finalist for the prestigious Outland Trophy awarded to the best interior lineman in college football. Gator Great Status: All-Time Recognition: Youngblood's legacy extends beyond his playing days. He was named to the All-Time SEC team in 1983, signifying his impact on the conference's history. Gator Hall of Fame: He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975, a testament to his exceptional contributions to the Gators program. College Football Hall of Fame: Youngblood's influence transcends the Gators. He received national recognition with his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992.​
21​
75​
Lomas Brown Jr.
OL
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984​
Lomas Brown anchored the "Great Wall of Florida" offensive line and paved the way for the Gators' first undefeated SEC season in 1984. He was a first-team All-SEC selection, consensus first-team All-American, and the SEC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner.[12] The Detroit Lions selected him in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft, and he received numerous Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors during his eighteen-year NFL career.[31]
88​
76​
Joseph F. “Joe-joe” D'Agostino Jr.
OL/DL
1951–53​
A two-way offensive and defensive lineman, Joe D'Agostino was an honorable mention All-American and twice received first-team All-SEC honors.[12] D'Agostino was a key member of the outstanding offensive line that paved the way for Gators backs Rick Casares, Papa Hall and Buford Long during the team's 1952 Gator Bowl season.​
67​
77​
Guy Durell Dennis
OL
1966–68​
Offensive lineman Guy Dennis was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection, a first-team All-American, a senior team captain, and a recipient of the team's Fergie Ferguson Award.[12] Dennis was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, and he played seven NFL seasons for the Bengals and Detroit Lions.[43]
92​
78​
I. Kenyatta Walker
OL
1998, 1999, 2000​
Kenyatta Walker: A Dominant Offensive Lineman for the Florida Gators and NFL Pro Kenyatta Walker was a force to be reckoned with on the offensive line for the University of Florida and went on to have a successful career in the NFL. Here's a breakdown of his accomplishments: Gator Great Offensive Lineman (1998-2000): Early Accolades: Walker's talent shone through quickly. He earned Freshman All-America honors by Football News and was named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel All-Freshmen Team after his first year in 1998 [1]. He was also awarded the title of UF's Outstanding Freshman on Offense [2]. Dominant Presence: Walker continued to excel throughout his college career. He earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) recognition in 1999 and was a unanimous selection for first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American honors in 2000 [1, 2]. He even secured the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy, awarded to the SEC's best blocker, in 2000 [2]. Early Departure for NFL: Walker opted to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL Draft after his junior season, a testament to his skills and potential at the professional level [2]. He played for a total of eight seasons, starting in 73 games across stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,​
203​
79​
Damon Jamal “Mo” Collins
OL
1995, 1996, 1997​
Damon Jamal Collins (September 22, 1976 – October 26, 2014), nicknamed Mo Collins, was an American professional football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s. Collins played college football for the University of Florida, and was a member of two SEC championship teams (1995, 1996) and a Bowl Alliance National Championship team (1996). The Oakland Raiders selected him in the first round of the 1998 NFL draft, and he played his entire professional career of 71 games for the Raiders. After retiring from the NFL, Mo was hired as the head coach of the West Charlotte High School football team in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2014. Unfortunately, Mo passed away due to kidney failure later that year.​
 

Escambia94

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Greatest Gators by Jersey: 60 to 69:

UF RankJerseyNamePosYearsNarrative
105​
60​
Victor R. “Vic” Miranda
OL/DL
1957–60​
As a senior in 1960, guard Vic Miranda was a first-team All-SEC selection, an All-American, and the recipient of the team's Fergie Ferguson Award.[12] A two-way offensive and defensive lineman, Miranda was a key leader of the 1960 Gators squad that finished 9–2 and defeated Baylor 13–12 to win the 1960 Gator Bowl.​
86​
61​
John Barrow
OL/DL​
1954–56​
John Barrow was a two-way offensive and defensive lineman for the Gators in the mid-1950s. As a senior, he was recognized as first-team All-SEC selection and a first-team All-American.[12] Drafted by the NFL's Detroit Lions, he chose to play in the CFL instead, and was a thirteen-time CFL All-Star and a member of four Grey Cup championship teams. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[27]
188​
62​
Malcolm E. "Mac" Steen
OL​
1967-1969​
Mac Steen played as a prominent tackle for the University of Florida under Coach Ray Graves in the 1960s. Coach Graves considered him the Gators' best right tackle of that decade [1]. He was also the senior team captain in 1969 [1].​
222​
63​
Jim Tartt​
OL​
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008​
Jim Tartt was an unsung hero on the Gators’ 2006 and 2008 national championship teams. The starting left guard tends to not get noticed that much when he plays on some of the best teams in college football history. The Sopchoppy, Florida, native arrived at UF in 2004 as an unheralded three-star recruit. He redshirted in Ron Zook’s final season on the Gators’ sideline and played in just four games in Urban Meyer’s first season, largely due to an injured shoulder. Once he got healthy, he started 13 games in both the 2006 and 2007 seasons, including the 2007 BCS National Championship Game against Ohio State. He was named All-SEC Second Team by the league’s coaches after the 2007 season. He was named a captain on the 2008 team, but the shoulder issues returned and limited him to four starts. His 33 career starts were the most on the team at the time of his departure. Due to his nagging shoulder injury, he declined to pursue a professional career and moved back to Sopchoppy after graduating.​
72​
64​
R. Burton Lawless
G
1972–74​
Guard Burton Lawless was a three-year starter, a two-time All-SEC selection, and a first-team All-American.[12] The Dallas Cowboys picked Lawless in the second round of the 1975 NFL Draft, and he played in eighty-two NFL games over six seasons, including Super Bowl XII.[63]
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65​
J. Franklin “Frank” Dempsey
DL/OL
1946–49​
Frank Dempsey was a standout two-way offensive and defensive lineman during the Gators' ironically named "Golden Era" of the late 1940s, and was a major factor in the rushing success of All-SEC tailback Chuck Hunsinger. After college, Dempsey played four seasons for the NFL's Chicago Bears,[41] and two more seasons in the CFL, where he was named an Eastern All-Star in 1955.[42]
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66​
Scott Hutchison​
DE​
1974-1977​
Scott Rawls Hutchinson (born May 27, 1956) is an American former college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the 1970s and 1980s. Hutchinson played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Buffalo Bills and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.​
133​
67​
Keith Phillip Williams​
DT
1985, 1986​
Keith Williams was an honorable mention AP All-American in 1985 and ’86 at defensive tackle. In 1985, he was second-team All-SEC. The following season, he was a first-team selection. He was a 12th round draft pick for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1987 NFL Draft.​
136​
68​
Mike Degory
OL​
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005​
Mike Degory of Palm Bay, FL, started all 50 games he played during his career – something only accomplished Larry Kennedy (’91-’95). He anchored the offensive line during the last 2 seasons in which the Gators had a 1,000 yard rusher (2002, 2004). Named to the 2005 AP and Coaches’ First Team All-SEC team. Listed as 2005 First Team All-American by CBS.​
154​
69​
Zachary Paul Piller
OL​
1996, 1997, 1998​
Zachary Paul Piller of St. Petersburg and Tallahassee, Florida, spent his freshman year at Georgia Tech in 1995 before making the smart move and transferring to the University of Florida to play for Steve Spurrier. He was a pivotal member of the 1996 Sugar Bowl and national champion team, as well as first team All-SEC and team captain in 1998. Zach was a 3rd round draft pick for the Tennessee Titans in 1999, and he started in 58 of 87 games for the team until 2006. He returned to the University of Florida in 2006 and completed his bachelor's degree in sport science.​
 

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Greatest Gators by Jersey: 50 to 59:

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50​
J. Broward "Brad" Culpepper
DT
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991​
Brad Culpepper was a first-team All-SEC selection, a first-team All-American, and recipient of the 1991 Draddy Trophy, recognizing him as the outstanding student-athlete in college football. As a senior team captain, he led the Gators to their first officially recognized SEC championship in 1991.[12] Culpepper was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and played nine seasons in the NFL.[40]
16​
51​
Brandon Spikes
LB
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009​
Brandon Spikes was a linebacker with a promising career that was cut short. Here's a look at his journey: College Career (University of Florida Gators): Played linebacker for the Gators from 2006 to 2009. Two-time consensus All-American (2008, 2009). Part of two BCS National Championship teams (2006, 2008) under Urban Meyer. Known for his aggressive playmaking and tackling ability. Holds the Florida Gators record for most interception return touchdowns by a linebacker (4). NFL Career: Drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (61st overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. Played four seasons (2010-2013) for the Patriots. Won a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX (2014 season). Started 32 games for the Patriots but struggled with consistency and off-field incidents. Briefly played for the Buffalo Bills in 2014 and 2016. Post-Playing Career: Mr. Spikes returned to the University of Florida alongside Fred Taylor and has been working on the football staff since 2023.​
229​
52​
Chris Bromley​
OL​
1990​
Chris Bromley of Pensacola, Florida was a solid guard for both Galen Hall and Steve Spurrier teams, Bromley was a second-team All-SEC choice in 1990 when the Gators finished first in the conference. His older brother, Phil, was a graduate assistant coaching the offensive line.​
177​
53​
Charlie “Horse” Williams​
LB​
1974-1977​
Charlie “Horse” Williams played linebacker for Doug Dickey's Florida Gators from 1974 to 1977. He is one of the hardest hitting linebackers in Gator history. Horse totaled 409 tackles during his career, which is still ranked 4th in Gator history. He was 2nd-team All-SEC. He was an 11th-round draft pick for the New England Patriots in 1978, but when he failed to make the roster due to health issues he decided to return to Gainesville and earn his master's degree.​
230​
54​
Mark Murray​
DE​
1988, 1989, 1990​
Mark Murray of Apopka, Florida played defense end for Galen Hall's Florida Gators. Murray was a second-team All-SEC pick in 1990. Only 6-foot-2, 233 pounds, he was the perfect complement to fellow end Huey Richardson, a first-team All-American. In 1989, Murray led all Gator linemen in sacks yardage with 57.5 yards, and he co-led the team in total sacks with 5.5.​
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55​
Scot E. Brantley
LB
1976–79​
Scot Brantley was a linebacker known for his hard-hitting style, both in college and the NFL. Here's a breakdown of his career: College Career (University of Florida Gators): Played linebacker from 1976 to 1979. Second all-time leading tackler in Florida Gators history with 467 tackles. Led the Gators in tackles twice (1976, 1978). First-team All-SEC selection in 1977 and 1978. Honorable mention All-American in 1977 and 1978. Preseason All-American in 1979. Career tragically cut short by a brain injury in his senior season (1979). Inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. NFL Career (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round (76th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. Played eight seasons (1980-1987) for the Buccaneers.​
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56​
LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey
OL
2007, 2008, 2009​
Maurkice Pouncey was a dominant center in the NFL for 11 seasons, entirely with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here's a breakdown of his impressive career: College Career: Played for the University of Florida Gators from 2007 to 2009. Won a BCS National Championship in 2008. Earned consensus All-American honors in 2009. Awarded the 2009 Rimington Trophy, given to the best college football center. NFL Career (Pittsburgh Steelers): Drafted by the Steelers in the first round (18th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. Played 11 seasons (2010-2021) for the Steelers. A nine-time Pro Bowler (2010-2012, 2014, 2016-2020). Named to five All-Pro teams (2x First-Team, 3x Second-Team). Selected to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team. Known for his exceptional strength, agility, and leadership on the offensive line. Currently: Retired from the NFL in 2022.​
15​
57​
Kevin L. Carter
DE
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994​
Kevin Carter was a standout defensive end, and was a member of the Gators' first three SEC championship football teams in 1991, 1993 and 1994. As a senior, he was a first-team All-SEC selection, a consensus first-team All-American, and was recognized by 'Football News as its Defensive Player of the Year.[12] The St. Louis Rams selected Carter in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft, and he played fourteen NFL seasons.[34]
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58​
Frederic M. Abbott
LB
1970–72​
As the Gators' senior team captain in 1972, linebacker Fred Abbott was a first-team All-SEC selection, an Associated Press All-American, and the recipient of the team's Fergie Ferguson Award. Remarkably, he had switched from playing offensive guard as a junior to playing middle linebacker as a senior.[12] The Minnesota Vikings picked Abbott in the 1973 NFL Draft.​
50​
59​
Calvery Ray “Cal” Dixon III
OL​
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991​
Cal Dixon's career path took him from anchoring the offensive line at the University of Florida to a five-season stint in the NFL. Here's a closer look at his accomplishments: College Success at Florida (1988-1991): Statistically Dominant: Dixon was a force on the Gators' offensive line. Over his four-year career, he played in 41 games (starting 35 consecutively) and participated in 2,361 offensive plays [1]. While specific stats like pass blocks or tackles may not be readily available, his longevity as a starter speaks volumes about his reliability. Championship Pedigree: Dixon was part of a winning Florida program. He contributed to the Gators' Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships in 1990 and 1991 [2]. National Recognition: Dixon's talent was recognized beyond the SEC. He earned Second-team All-American honors in 1991, solidifying his place among the nation's top collegiate offensive linemen [3]. Solid NFL Career (1992-1996): Drafted by the Jets: Dixon's college success translated into the 1992 NFL Draft. He was selected by the New York Jets in the fifth round (127th overall) [4].​
 

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Greatest Gators by Jersey: 40 to 49

UF RankJersey NumberNamePosYearsNarrative
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40​
Brandon Siler​
LB​
2004, 2005, 2006​
Brandon Siler: A Dominant Linebacker for the Florida Gators and NFL Professional Brandon Siler carved his name in the history books of the University of Florida as a tenacious linebacker and continued his success into the NFL. Here's a look at his impressive career: Dominating Gator (2004-2007): Early Impact: Siler made his presence felt immediately. As a freshman in 2004, he secured a starting role and was recognized as the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Year [1]. Defensive Anchor: Throughout his college career, Siler established himself as a defensive force. He finished his tenure at Florida with 37 games played, including 31 starts, amassing a total of 242 tackles (161 solo) [2]. He was a member of the 2006 Florida Gators team that won the BCS National Championship and earned several accolades, including second-team All-SEC honors (AP and Coaches) and third-team All-American recognition by the Associated Press in 2006 [2, 3]. He was also considered a semifinalist for the prestigious Chuck Bednarik Award, given to college football's top defensive player [3]. NFL Career (2007-2012): Drafted by the Chargers: Siler's talent was recognized in the 2007 NFL Draft. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round [1]. Siler played a valuable role for both the Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played in his final two seasons (2011-2012) [4]. He compiled a total of 180 tackles, two interceptions, and three recovered fumbles across his five NFL seasons [5].​
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41​
John M. Simpson
DB
1953–56​
Jackie Simpson was a two-way halfback and defensive back, and a three-time All-SEC selection.[12] Head coach Bob Woodruff ranked him as one of the Gators' three best running backs and the best defensive back of the 1950s. His 100-yard interception return in 1955 remains the longest in SEC history. Simpson was drafted by the Baltimore Colts, and he was a member of the Colts' NFL Championship teams in 1958 and 1959.[89]
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42​
Jevon “The Freak” Kearse
DE​
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998​
Jevon Kearse, nicknamed "The Freak" for his athleticism, was a force to be reckoned with as a defensive end in the NFL for eleven seasons. Here's a breakdown of his impressive career: College Career (University of Florida Gators): Played linebacker and defensive end for the Gators from 1995 to 1998. Began his career at safety before transitioning to linebacker and eventually defensive end. Earned All-American honors and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 1998. Known for his exceptional speed, size, and leaping ability. NFL Career: Drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the first overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. Played seven seasons (1999-2005) for the Titans. Won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 1999. Selected to three Pro Bowls (2000, 2001, 2002).​
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43​
Glenn S. Cameron
LB
1971–74​
Linebacker Glenn Cameron was a first-team All-SEC selection and an Associated Press All-American.[12] The Cincinnati Bengals selected him in the first round of the 1975 NFL Draft, and he played 159 games for the Bengals during his eleven NFL seasons—including Super Bowl XVI.[33] After Cameron retired from professional football, he returned to the University of Florida and earned a law degree.​
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44​
Richard E. Trapp
WR
1965, 1966, 1967, 1968​
In his three-season college career, wide receiver Richard Trapp led the Gators in receiving yardage in 1966 and 1967, and compiled 1,783 receiving yards. He had eight games with 100 yards or more receiving, including 171 yards against the Georgia Bulldogs in 1967. He twice received first-team All-SEC honors, and was the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award as a senior.[12][99]
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45​
Carlos Alvarez
WR
1969, 1970, 1971​
Carlos Alvarez's accomplishments at the University of Florida solidify him as a legend in Gators history, especially considering his era. Here's a breakdown of his impressive career: Dominant Receiver in Early Passing Era (1969-1971): Redefining the Position: Alvarez arrived at Florida when the program wasn't known for its passing attack. He, along with quarterback Steve Spurrier, helped revolutionize the offense, becoming a star wide receiver. Record-Breaking Achievements: Despite playing in a run-heavy era, Alvarez established numerous receiving records at Florida. He finished his career with 2,563 receiving yards, which is still the program record. He also holds records for most career receptions (172, surpassed in 2007), receptions in a game (15), receptions in a season (tied for first with 88), and receiving yards in a game (second with 237 yards).​
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46​
Charles R. “Chuck” Hunsinger
RB
1946–49​
Halfback Chuck Hunsinger was one of the Gators' bright lights during the dismal "Golden Era" of the post-war 1940s. He was a first-team All-SEC selection in 1948 and 1949. Memorably, Hunsinger rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns in the 1949 Gators' upset of the Georgia Bulldogs.[12] He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1950 NFL Draft, and he played six seasons in the NFL and CFL.[55][56]
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47​
Bruce Vaughn​
CB​
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984​
Bruce Vaughn played for Charley Pell's Gators from 1980-1983. Bruce was a walk-on defensive back for some excellent Gator defenses that held opponents under 13 points per game. Vaughn had 10 career interceptions, which ranks among the top totals in Florida history. He made the SEC Academic honor roll.​
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48​
Lee Roy "Red" Bethea
HB
1928–30​
As a senior team captain in 1930, Red Bethea rushed for 218 yards against the University of Chicago Maroons football team—still the third highest single-game rushing total in Gators history.[12] He was named to the All-Southern team and was a second-team All-American in 1930.​
51​
49​
Jeffrey Robin “Jeff" Chandler​
K​
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001​
Jeff Chandler's story is one of collegiate kicking dominance followed by a short NFL career. Here's a breakdown of his accomplishments: College Kicking Legend at Florida (1999-2002): Record-Breaking Kicker: Chandler established himself as a legend at the University of Florida. He became the program's all-time leading scorer with 368 points, a record that still stands today (as of July 1, 2024) [1]. Accuracy and Power: He showcased impressive kicking accuracy throughout his college career. Chandler finished with a career field goal percentage of 72.7% and a long field goal of 54 yards [2]. Award-Winning Kicker: Chandler's talents were widely recognized. He was named First-Team All-SEC by the Associated Press and Football News in 2001 and was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's best college kicker [3]. Brief NFL Career (2002-2004): Drafted by the 49ers: Chandler's college success translated into the 2002 NFL Draft. He was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round (102nd overall) [4].​
 

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Greatest Gators by Jersey: 30 to 39:

UF RankJerseyNamePosYearsNarrative
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30​
James R. Jones
RB
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982​
Running back James Jones was a two-time team captain, two-time first-team All-SEC selection, an All-American, and the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award. He finished his college career with 2,026 yards rushing, 593 yards receiving, and forty-eight yards passing.[12] The Detroit Lions picked Jones in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft, and he played in ten NFL seasons.[62]
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31​
Malcolm E. Hammack
FB
1953–54​
Mal Hammack was a two-way running back and linebacker. As a senior in 1954, he was an All-SEC selection and the first recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award, recognizing the "senior football player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage."[12] Coach Bob Woodruff rated him as one of the Gators' five best offensive backs of the 1950s. Hammack was a fullback in the NFL for twelve seasons.[52]
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33​
Nathaniel “Nat" Moore
WR
1972–73​
Running back Nat Moore was a junior transfer. In 1973, he led the Gators with 145 rushes for 845 yards and nine rushing touchdowns, twenty-five receptions for 351 receiving yards and four touchdown catches, and 230 return yards, while earning first-team All-SEC and All-American accolades.[12] In thirteen NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Moore registered 510 catches for 7,547 yards and seventy-four touchdowns.[72]
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34​
Donald G. “Don” Chandler
P/ K
1954–55​
Don Chandler was a junior transfer who played halfback, punter and placekicker. As a senior in 1955, Chandler led all major college punters with an average kick of 44.3 yards, narrowly beating out Earl Morrall. Memorably, he booted a 76-yard punt in 1955—still tied for the second longest punt in Gators history.[12] Chandler was drafted by the New York Giants, and played in twelve NFL seasons.[35]
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35​
Jimmy D. DuBose
RB
1973, 1974, 1975​
Running back Jimmy DuBose rushed for 1,307 yards as a senior in 1975. He was a first-team All-SEC selection, the SEC Player of the Year, an All-American, and the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award. DuBose finished in fifth place in the 1975 Heisman Trophy balloting.[12] A second-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his NFL career was cut short by a knee injury.​
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36​
Kevin Freeman​
LB​
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994​
Kevin Freeman played linebacker for Steve Spurrier's Gators from 1990-1994. He was part of Spurrier's first recruiting class, which included highly rated LB Lateef Travis, QB Terry Dean, OT Greg Gingeleski, WR Harrison Houston, RB Kedra Malone, DB Michael Gilmore, and CB Pete Archie. Some considered Spurrier's first recruiting class to be somewhat of a disappointment, but some of its best players were the lesser known ones such as LB Kevin Freeman, OL David Swain, and WR Aubrey Hill. Kevin was a key player in Spurrier's SEC championship teams in 1993 and 1994.​
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37​
Bruce Starling​
DB​
1960-1962​
Lettered in football in l960-62 ... An outstanding athlete who played running back, wide receiver, safety, quarterback and defensive end at various times during his Gator career ... Honor student and inductee of Florida Blue Key ... Graduate of UF Law School ... He is an ardent supporter of UF and a member of Gator Boosters ... Served as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps​
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38​
Willie James McGrady​
DL​
1987, 1988​
Willie J. McGrady (12/19/1968 – 5/17/1999). Willie McGrady of Palatka, Florida via Dothan, Alabama, played middle guard/ nose tackle and fullback for Galen Hall‘s Florida Gators from 1987 to 1988. At 6’3″, 247 pounds, and blessed with 4.5-speed, he was strong enough to pave the way for Emmitt Smith as blocking fullback or plow through opposing SEC offensive lines as middle guard/ nose tackle–in the same game! Willie was the first Gator to play both offense and defense in the same game since the mid-1960s when NCAA mandated two-way play for scholarship players. Unfortunately, Willie was diagnosed with congenital neck problems and was forced to leave the team after his sophomore season of 1988.​
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39​
Dale H. Van Sickel
End (WR)
1927–29​
Dale Van Sickel was the first University of Florida athlete, in any sport, to receive first-team All-American honors. He was recognized as a first-team All-American as a two-way defensive end and receiver on the great Gators football team of 1928, and received honorable mention All-American honors again in 1929. After graduation, Van Sickel became a Hollywood stuntman and actor.[12]
 

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Greatest Gators by Jersey: 20 to 29:
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20​
James W. Rountree
DB
1955–57​
Jim Rountree was a two-way halfback and defensive back, a first-team All-SEC selection, and the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award.[12] Coach Bob Woodruff ranked him as one of the Gators' two best defensive backs and one of their two best running backs of the 1950s. Rountree played defensive back and wide receiver for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts from 1958 to 1967, and was a seven-time CFL All-Star.[87]
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21​
Frederick A. “Fred” Taylor
RB
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997​
Running back Fred Taylor earned first-team All-SEC and first-team All-American honors. His coaches picked him as a team captain, and his teammates chose him as their most valuable player in 1997. During his college career, he rushed for 3,075 yards and thirty-one touchdowns.[12] The Jacksonville Jaguars picked Taylor in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and he totaled 11,695 rushing yards during his thirteen-season NFL career.[97]
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22​
Emmitt J. Smith III
RB
1987, 1988, 1989​
Emmitt Smith's career at the University of Florida was nothing short of phenomenal, setting the stage for his future NFL dominance. Here's a breakdown of his accomplishments: Legendary Gator Running Back (1987-1989): Record-Breaking Rusher: Smith established himself as a rushing machine. He shattered numerous school records, including career rushing yards (3,928), rushing yards in a season (1,599 in 1989), and longest rushing play (96 yards) [1, 2]. Freshman Sensation: His impact was immediate. In his very first game as a freshman, he broke the school's single-game rushing record, carrying the ball 39 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns [2, 3]. He went on to earn Freshman of the Year honors nationally [3]. Award-Winning Performer: Smith's talent was undeniable. He was a three-time All-SEC selection (1987-1989) and earned the prestigious title of SEC Player of the Year in 1989 [2, 3]. He also finished in the top ten for Heisman Trophy voting twice: ninth in 1987 and seventh in 1989 [2, 3]. Legacy at Florida: Gator Ring of Honor: Smith's contributions are permanently etched in Gators history. He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame's Ring of Honor in 1999 [2].​
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23​
Allen R. Trammell Jr.
DB/ WR​
1963–65​
Two-way defensive back and wide receiver Allen Trammell was a walk-on player who earned an All-SEC selection.[12] He was the Gators' leading punt returner in 1964, and Coach Ray Graves rated him as one of the Gators' two best cornerbacks of the 1960s. Trammell was signed by the Houston Oilers in 1966.[98]
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24​
Joseph Frederick “Fred” Weary
CB
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997​
Fred Weary (Defensive Back, 1998-2003): College Standout: A standout cornerback at the University of Florida, Weary earned All-American honors and was a key contributor to their national championship team in 1997 [1]. NFL Career: Drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 4th round of the 1998 NFL Draft [2]. He played for the Saints, Atlanta Falcons, and St. Louis Rams throughout his six-year career, primarily in a backup role [2, 3]. He recorded 191 tackles, 7 interceptions, and 1 interception touchdown [3].​
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25​
Brandon Keith James
ST
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009​
Brandon James was an American football player who carved out a niche for himself as a wide receiver and kick returner. Here's a summary of his career: College Career (University of Florida Gators): Played for the Florida Gators from 2006 to 2009 under coach Urban Meyer. Earned a reputation as a dynamic playmaker, excelling in returning kicks and punts. Became the Gators' all-time leader in career kickoff return yards (2,718 yards) and combined kick return yards (4,770 yards) - these records still stand today (as of July 1, 2024). First-team All-American in 2007, consensus All-American in 2008, and SEC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008. Contributed to two BCS National Championship victories for the Gators (2006 & 2008). Professional Career: Brief NFL Stint: The Indianapolis Colts signed Brandon James as an undrafted free agent in 2010.Canadian Football League: James continued his career north of the border with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL in 2011. However, he was released during the regular season, marking the end of his professional playing career.​
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26​
Jarvis E. Williams
DB
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987​
Strong safety Jarvis Williams started forty-five consecutive games (the second highest total in Gators history), and was a key member of the Gators defense that contributed to the Gators' first-place SEC finishes in 1984 and 1985. In four years as a Gator, he had ten career interceptions, and led the team in tackles and punt returns as a senior.[12] The Miami Dolphins picked Williams in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft.[101]
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27​
C. Neal Anderson
RB
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985​
Running back Neal Anderson was a first-team All-SEC selection, and a two-time All-American. In his four years as a Gator, he had fourteen games with 100 yards or more rushing; 639 carries for 3,234 yards rushing and thirty touchdowns; forty-nine receptions for 525 yards receiving and two touchdowns; and ninety-seven yards passing.[12] The Chicago Bears selected Anderson in the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft, and he was a named an All-Pro four times during his eight-year professional career.[24]
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28​
Christopher P. Doering
WR
1993, 1994, 1995​
Wide receiver Chris Doering was a walk-on player who earned an athletic scholarship, a first-team All-SEC selection, and All-American honors. As a starter, he was a member of three consecutive SEC championship teams, and became a team captain as a senior. He finished his Gators career with 2,107 receiving yards and thirty-one touchdowns.[12] After college, he played in the NFL for nine seasons.[45]
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29​
P. Michael “Mike” Peterson
LB
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998​
Linebacker Mike Peterson was a first-team All-SEC selection, a first-team All-American, and a senior team captain. He posted 249 tackles, three forced fumbles, thirteen tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks, and was selected by his teammates as the Gators' most valuable player.[12] The Atlanta Falcons selected Peterson in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft, and he remains an active NFL veteran after thirteen seasons.[80]
 

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Greatest Gators by Jersey: 10 to 19:
UF RankJersey NumberNamePosYearsNarrative
25​
10​
D. Jabar Gaffney​
WR​
1999, 2000, 2001​
Derrick Jabar Gaffney (born December 1, 1980) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Florida Gators, earning unanimous All-American honors in 2001. He was selected by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and also played in the NFL for the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, and Miami Dolphins.​
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11​
Stephen O. “Steve” Spurrier
QB/ Coach
1964, 1965, 1966 ; 1990-2001​
Steve Spurrier's accomplishments are impressive, both as a player and a coach for the Florida Gators. During his playing career, quarterback Steve Spurrier garnered numerous accolades. He was selected to the first team All-SEC, achieved consensus first-team All-American status, and secured the coveted 1966 Heisman Trophy [2]. Spurrier returned to the Gators in 1990 as head coach, ushering in a new era of success. Under his leadership, the team captured its first officially recognized Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship in 1991 [1]. More notably, he guided them to their first-ever national championship in 1996 [1]. He earned a place in the College Football Hall of Fame and the Gator Ring of Honor [2]. The university's Board of Regents bestowed a special honor in 2016, renaming the playing surface at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium "Steve Spurrier-Florida Field" [2].​
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12​
Kerwin Douglas Bell
QB
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987​
Quarterback Kerwin Bell was a walk-on player who was eighth on the depth chart as a freshman. He subsequently earned an athletic scholarship, the starting position, a first-team All-SEC selection and All-American honors. In 1984 and 1985, he led the Gators to their first two SEC first-place finishes. Bell finished his college career with 549 completions for 7,585 yards and fifty-six touchdowns.[12] Bell played professional football for all or part of twelve seasons, then became a successful college football coach.​
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13​
Alex J. Brown
DE
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001​
Alex Brown was a defensive end and a member of the Gators' 2000 SEC championship team. He was a three-time first-team All-SEC selection, and a consensus first-team All-American. In four years as a Gator, Brown totaled 161 tackles, with forty-seven tackles for a loss and thirty-three quarterback sacks—still the best in Gators team history.[12] Brown was drafted by the Chicago Bears and enjoyed a nine-year NFL career.[30]
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13​
Ray Criswell
P​
1983, 1984, 1985​
Ray Criswell (born August 16, 1963) is an American former professional football player who was a punter in the National Football League (NFL) and World League of American Football (WLAF). Criswell was born in Lake City, Florida and played scholastically at Orange Park High School.[1] He played collegiately at the University of Florida,[2] where he was a first-team All-America selection as a senior.[3] Criswell was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 1986 NFL draft.[4] He played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) from 1987 to 1988, and the Orlando Thunder (WLAF) from 1991 to 1992.​
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14​
L. Bruce Bennett Jr.
S
1963–65​
As a senior team captain in 1965, defensive back Bruce Bennett was a first-team All-SEC selection and a United Press International first-team All-American, and led the Gators to their first-ever major bowl game. His thirteen career interceptions set a new Gators team record.[12] After college, Bennett played for the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders for seven seasons, including their 1966 Grey Cup championship team.[28]
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15​
Timothy R. “Tim” Tebow
QB
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009​
Tim Tebow's college years were marked by exceptional achievements. He led the Gators to two National Championships (2006, 2008) and secured the prestigious Heisman Trophy in 2007, becoming the first sophomore to do so [1]. He holds numerous records, including the SEC's all-time leader in career passing efficiency and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback [2]. Tebow's dedication extended beyond the field, earning him the 2008 Wuerffel Trophy for his community service efforts [3]. NFL (2010-2012): Tebow's professional career was shorter, but he achieved a notable feat by leading the Denver Broncos to a playoff appearance in 2011 [4]. SEC Network (Analyst): After his NFL stint, Tebow transitioned to broadcasting as a college football analyst for the SEC Network [5]. Tim Tebow Foundation: Beyond football, Tebow established the Tim Tebow Foundation, which focuses on providing year-round support for children with critical illnesses, orphan care, and illuminating the fight against human trafficking [6].​
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AJ Jones
LB​
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010​
AJ Jones arrived on campus as an undersized linebacker, weighing all of 170 pounds. While sitting on the sidelines due to injury he committed himself to adding strength and muscle to compete with fellow linebackers Brandon Spikes and Dustin Doe.​
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Chas Henry
P
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010​
Chas Henry was a punter at Florida (2007-2010): He earned the prestigious honor of being named a consensus All-American in 2010, highlighting his dominance in college punting [1, 2]. Henry's talent was further solidified by winning the Ray Guy Award in 2010. Over his four-year career with the Gators, Henry displayed exceptional consistency. He punted 182 times for a staggering 7,892 yards, averaging a remarkable 43.4 yards per punt [3]. He also displayed a knack for pinning opponents deep within their own territory, with 72 punts landing inside the 20-yard line [3]. Despite his impressive college career, Henry went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent [4]. Unfortunately, Henry's NFL career was short-lived. He did not make the final roster for the Eagles and transitioned to a different path [4].​
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Louis Oliver III
S
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988​
Free safety Louis Oliver was a walk-on player who earned an athletic scholarship, a starting position, two first-team All-SEC selections, and consensus first-team All-American honors. He was also the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award. In four years as a Gator, he totaled eleven interceptions.[12] A first round NFL Draft choice of the Miami Dolphins, Oliver played eight seasons professionally.[76]
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Isaac J. “Ike” Hilliard
WR
1994, 1995, 1996​
Wide receiver Ike Hilliard was a first team All-SEC selection and a consensus first-team All-American as a junior in 1996. He and fellow All-American wideout Reidel Anthony both compiled over 1,000 receiving yards and were key factors in the Gators' offense during their 1996 national championship season.[12] The New York Giants picked Hilliard in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and he played in the NFL for twelve seasons.[53]
 

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Greatest Gators by Jersey: 0 to 9

UF RankJersey NumberNamePosYearsNarrative
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William Percival Harvin III
WR
2006, 2007, 2008​
Percy Harvin's career at the University of Florida was electric, leaving a lasting impression despite playing for only three seasons (2006-2008). Harvin wasn't just a wide receiver; he excelled as a running back as well. He finished his career with over 1,800 yards rushing and over 1,900 yards receiving, showcasing his unique skillset [1, 2]. Harvin's versatility is further highlighted by the fact that he's one of only two wide receivers in Division I history (since 1996) to have over 1,500 yards rushing and receiving, and he accomplished this feat in just three seasons, the fastest on record [2]. Harvin was a constant threat to score, amassing 32 career touchdowns, the most ever by a University of Florida wide receiver [2]. His big-play ability extended beyond touchdowns. He averaged a staggering 9.5 yards per carry as a running back and an impressive 11.6 yards overall (including receiving yards) [2]. He was named the 2006 SEC Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American [2]. Harvin's talent earned him consensus first-team All-American honors as a junior in 2007 [2]. Despite leaving early for the NFL, Harvin is often mentioned in conversations about the greatest Gators ever. While not officially inducted yet, some argue his accomplishments warrant a place in the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame's Ring of Honor [4].​
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Adrian White
S​
1984, 1985, 1986​
Adrian Darnell White (born April 6, 1964) is an American former professional football player who was a safety for seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL) during the 1980s and 1990s. White played college football for the Florida Gators, and thereafter, he played professionally for the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots of the NFL. He became an assistant coach after his playing career ended.​
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Lito Decorian Sheppard
CB​
1999, 2000, 2001​
Lito Sheppard was a standout cornerback in the NFL for ten seasons, known for his lockdown coverage and impressive tackling ability. He earned All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors as a sophomore and was a key contributor to the Gators' defense [1, 2]. He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round (26th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, showcasing his potential at the professional level [3]. Standout Career with the Eagles (2002-2008): Pro Bowl Recognition: Sheppard quickly established himself as a valuable asset for the Eagles. He earned Pro Bowl honors twice in his career, in 2004 and 2005 [4]. These accolades highlight his elite ability as a cornerback. Key Defensive Player: Throughout his seven seasons with the Eagles, Sheppard amassed impressive statistics. He recorded 305 solo tackles, 42 assists, 3.0 sacks, and a significant 19 interceptions [5]! Part of a Dominant Defense: Sheppard was a key component of a strong Eagles defense that helped them reach Super Bowl XXXIX [6]. L​
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Lawrence D. Wright III
S
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996​
Safety Lawrence Wright was a member of four consecutive SEC championships teams, and a key defensive player on the Gators' first-ever national championship team in 1996. Wright was a senior team captain, a two-time first-team All-SEC selection, an All-American, a CFA Scholar-Athlete, and the winner of Jim Thorpe Award recognizing him as the best defensive back in college football.[12]
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Joseph Walter “Joe” Haden III
CB​
2007, 2008, 2009​
Joseph Walter Haden III (born April 14, 1989) is an American former professional football player who was a cornerback for 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Florida Gators, earning unanimous All-American honors and was a member of a BCS National Championship team. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft and played for them for seven seasons. He also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for five seasons.​
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Judd D. Davis
K
1992, 1993, 1994​
Placekicker Judd Davis was a walk-on who earned first-team All-SEC and first-team All-American honors. He was the recipient of the Lou Groza Award, recognizing the best placekicker in college football, in 1993. Davis completed over eighty-two percent of his field goals attempts, and 121 of 129 point-after-touchdown (PAT) attempts, including all sixty-five of his PAT attempts in 1994.[12]
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Daniel C. “Danny” Wuerffel
QB
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996​
Danny Wuerffel's accomplishments at the University of Florida solidify him as one of the most decorated Gators quarterbacks of all time. Here's a breakdown of his impressive career: Wuerffel led the Gators to four consecutive Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships (1993-1996) and the program's first-ever national championship in 1996 [1, 2]. Wuerffel finished his career with 10,875 passing yards, 114 touchdown passes (the best in SEC history at the time), and a career completion percentage of 68.1% [1, 2]. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1996, becoming the first Florida quarterback to achieve this prestigious honor [1]. Additionally, he secured the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's best quarterback twice (1995, 1996) and was named the SEC Player of the Year in both 1995 and 1996 [1]. Wuerffel's legacy is cemented with his well-deserved induction into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame's Ring of Honor [2]. Wuerffel Trophy: The "Wuerffel Trophy," named after him, is awarded annually to the college football player who best combines athletic achievement, academic success, and community service [4].​
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Rex D. Grossman III
QB
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002​
Quarterback Rex Grossman was a first-team All-SEC selection, a consensus first-team All-American, and the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore in 2001.[12] He led the Gators to an SEC championship in 2000, and threw for over 9,000 yards in his three-year career. The Chicago Bears drafted Grossman in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and he started in the Super Bowl for the Bears in 2007.[51]
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M. Shane Matthews
QB
1989, 1990, 1991, 1992​
Shane Matthews was a three-year starting quarterback under head coach Steve Spurrier, and led the Gators to their first officially recognized SEC championship in 1991. Matthews led the SEC in passing for three consecutive seasons, and was a three-time first-team All-SEC selection. As a senior team captain, he was also recognized as an All-American.[12] Matthews played in the NFL for fourteen seasons.[69]
 

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