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Tracking former UF athletes through their professional sports careers

Former Gators react to UF’s upset win over UGA

Several former Gators took to Twitter on Saturday night to celebrate Florida’s upset win over Georgia. A few who played for UF coach Will Muschamp have offered their support for him in recent weeks, and they did so again after the game. I'm so proud of my Gators!! What a prime example of a team fighting through adversity a few weeks ago and capitalIzing off it. #GoGators — Josh Evans (@JAY_E_9) November 1, 2014 Huge win for them #Gator boyssss!!… Read More »

Williams still has handles at 38

Jason Williams hasn’t played in the NBA since 2011, but the former Florida point guard still has handles on the basketball court. A video (see above) surfaced this week of Williams, who turns 39 next month, tearing it up in the Orlando Pro Am league. He’s even shown putting a few moves on New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Austin Rivers, a former Duke standout who was once committed to UF. Williams retired from the NBA in April 2011 after an 12-year… Read More »

Cooper catches TD, rebounds from drop last week

Prior to Philadelphia’s game Sunday against St. Louis, Riley Cooper had dropped a touchdown pass in two of the Eagles’ last three games. Last week the former Florida receiver failed to make an end-zone reception with less than three minutes left at San Francisco. The touchdown would have given the Philly a two-point lead. Instead, the 49ers won, 26-21. “There was no excuses, I dropped the ball,” Cooper told CSNPhilly.com. “It was a perfect throw … and that’s definitely a… Read More »

Murphy making most of opportunity with Bucs

The past week has been a tumultuous time for Louis Murphy. Last Tuesday the former Florida wide receiver was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team he spent the offseason with before getting cut in early September. Murphy was thrust onto the field Sunday against the Steelers after a groin injury to rookie Mike Evans. He made the most of his opportunity, catching six passes for 99 yards, including a 41-yard reception in the game’s final minute to set up the… Read More »

Eight UF rookies make NFL teams

Heading into the 2014 NFL season, a total of 39 former Gators are on rosters as active players, reserves and practice squad members. Eight of those are rookies, including Florida’s top three 2014 draftees — defensive tackle Dominique Easley (Patriots), cornerback Jaylen Watkins (Eagles) and linebacker Ronald Powell (Saints). The other five newcomers are undrafted free agents who signed deals in May. Tight end Trey Burton (Eagles), center Jonotthan Harrison (Colts) and cornerbacks Loucheiz Purifoy (Colts) and Marcus Roberson (Rams) made… Read More »

Gaffney not ready to give up on NFL

Jabar Gaffney had one of the longest and most productive NFL careers of any receiver to ever come out of Florida. In 11 years he caught 447 passes for 5,690 yards and 24 touchdowns. He’s also the only player in UF history to register back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons and has the most career 100-yard receiving games (14). “It’s been good,” Gaffney said of his career. “I had a lot of good times and played on a bunch of great teams.… Read More »

Murphy happy in Tampa Bay

Louis Murphy is back in Florida this summer, only this time he doesn’t have to leave come football season. The former UF receiver signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in late March and went through minicamp with the team earlier this month. The St. Petersburg native has enjoyed his return to the Sunshine State after spending the first five years of his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers and New York Giants. “It feels good to be in… Read More »

Bonner one win away from second title

The Spurs lead Miami 3-1 in the NBA Finals heading into tonight’s Game 5. Forward Matt Bonner will become the fourth former Gator to win two titles if San Antonio can close out the Heat. Bonner, 34, has seen his playing time and production go down in his 10th NBA season. His regular-season averages for minutes (11.3) and points (3.2) were the lowest of his career, and his 61 games played were the fewest since his first year with the… Read More »

Will Hill needs to leave New York

Will Hill’s release from the New York Giants this week could be a blessing in disguise. When the reigning Super Bowl champions signed him in 2012, he had seemingly turned over a new leaf. The former Florida safety had owned up to his mistakes in college, including a two-game suspension for marijuana and a series of inappropriate tweets from his Twitter account that he initially claimed had been hacked. After going undrafted in 2011 and divorcing from his wife, Hill… Read More »

Reed fully recovered from concussion symptoms

When Jordan Reed was healthy as a rookie last season with the Washington Redskins, he showed his decision to leave Florida early for the NFL had been the right one. He caught 45 passes for 499 yards, second among rookie tight ends, and received All-Rookie honors. All that in just nine games played. Reed missed a total of seven games in 2013, including the final six of the season due to symptoms from the concussion he sustained in Week 11.… Read More »