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Tracking former UF athletes through their professional sports careers

WATCH: Tim Tebow hits a home run in first instructional league game

When Tim Tebow announced he would be pursuing a career in professional baseball, the skeptics came out of the woodwork in droves. Tebow, who last played baseball as a dual-sport athlete at Nease High in Jacksonville, has been out of the NFL for several years. But he’s stayed in shape, and his name alone brought 28 professional scouts to his tryout. He agreed to a deal with the New York Mets — which reportedly included a $100,000 signing bonus —… Read More »

Al Horford reportedly signing four-year, $113 million contract to join Boston Celtics

Former Gators continue to get paid, as Al Horford has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $113-million contract with the Boston Celtics. Horford, 30, played his first eight seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, who Saturday agreed to a three-year, $70.5 million contract with Atlanta-native Dwight Howard. Celtic Pride!!!!!! — Al Horford (@Al_Horford) July 2, 2016 The Hawks took Horford with the No. 3 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, and they’re looking to return to the playoffs after securing the No.… Read More »

Joakim Noah reportedly joining New York Knicks on four-year, $72 million contract

Following the news Bradley Beal and Chandler Parsons had signed maximum contracts, another former Gator has followed suit. The Vertical and ESPN reported Friday that Joakim Noah has agreed to the frameworks of a four-year/$72 million contract with the New York Knicks. If the contract gets signed, Noah will be reunited with his former Chicago Bulls teammate, Derrick Rose. BREAKING: C Joakim Noah agrees to 4-year, $72 million deal with the New York Knicks. (via @ramonashelburne) pic.twitter.com/e7xurjryhx — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)… Read More »

Chandler Parsons reportedly agrees to four-year, $94 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies

After opting out of the final year of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks, Chandler Parsons is reportedly heading to Memphis. The Vertical reports the former Gators small forward has agreed to a four-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies. Chandler Parsons agrees to a 4-year max contract w/ Grizzlies worth a projected $94.8 million. (via @espn_macmahon) pic.twitter.com/GilKTutlyK — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 1, 2016 Parsons reportedly turned down a max contract from the Portland Trail Blazers earlier Friday. From ESPN’s… Read More »

Bradley Beal reportedly agrees to five-year, $128 million contract with Wizards

Brad Beal’s wallet is about to get a lot heavier. The former Gators shooting guard, who averaged 14.8 points and started all 37 games in his lone season at UF, agreed to a five-year, $128 million maximum contract to stay with the Washington Wizards, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Bradley Beal has agreed to a five-year, $128M-plus max contract to stay with the Wizards, agent Mark Bartelstein tells @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 1,… Read More »

Former Gators forward Chandler Parsons opts out of contract with Dallas Mavericks, becomes free agent

Chandler Parsons could be looking for a new home next season. The former Gators forward joined Dallas Mavericks teammates Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams in opting out of the final season of the three-year/$46 million contract he signed in 2014. The deadline to opt out was Wednesday. Parsons was set to make  more than $16 million next season, and he’ll likely seek a contract with more long-term security. The move hardly comes as a surprise, considering Parsons told the Dallas… Read More »

Former Gators linebacker Jon Bostic traded to Detroit Lions

On Monday afternoon, the Detriot Lions announced they have traded an undisclosed draft pick to the New England Patriots for former Gators linebacker Jon Bostic. Bostic’s father, John Bostic, played cornerback for the Lions from 1985-87. Lions Acquire LB Jon Bostic In Trade With Patriots https://t.co/ah8TePmHI5 — 97.1 The Ticket (@971theticketxyt) May 9, 2016 Bostic, 25, played in 11 games last season for the Patriots, including one start. A second round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Chicago… Read More »

Former Gators PG Taurean Green nearly struck by coach

Since helping lead the Gators to back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007, Taurean Green has had a successful professional career in the NBA and overseas. Now with AEK Athens in the Greek League, the 29-year-old also plays internationally for Georgia after gaining citizenship in 2010. But Green is in the news today after AEK Athens coach Jure Zdovac appeared to attempt to fight Green during the middle of a loss to the Olympiakos in Game 2 of the Greek… Read More »

Vikings pick up Sharrif Floyd’s contract option

The Minnesota Vikings have picked up the fifth-year contract option for defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier Monday. The #Vikings have picked up the 5th-year options on DT Sharrif Floyd & CB Xavier Rhodes, source said. The #Lions do it for DE Ziggy Ansah. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 2, 2016 A consistent starter, the 24-year-old Floyd was selected with the 23rd pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Vikings.In 13 games… Read More »

Former Gators QB saves a man’s life

A former Gators quarterback is in the news Monday, and it’s not for getting drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. In three seasons at Florida, Eric Kresser backed up notable UF quarterbacks Shane Matthews and Danny Wuerffel before ultimately transferring to Marshall for his senior season. Kresser was in Huntington, West Virginia, over the weekend for the reunion of the Thundering Herd’s 1996 NCAA Division I-AA national championship team, and he left having saved a man’s life. As Tim Stephens… Read More »