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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 »

Former UF wide receiver Percy Harvin tells Bills he’s retiring from NFL

Former Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin has told the Buffalo Bills he is retiring, ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter reported Thursday. Percy Harvin told the Bills he is retiring, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2016 The 27-year-old was selected in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Minnesota Vikings, where he would play four seasons before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a first and seventh-round draft pick in the 2013 Draft. He had… Read More »

Report: Tim Tebow considering Congress run

Following his comments two weeks ago that he was interested in a career in politics, former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is reportedly considering running for a 4th Congressional District seat. With Ander Crenshaw retiring, just heard rumor TIM TEBOW considering #FL4 run. — Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) April 14, 2016 This news follows the announcement that Rep. Ander Crenshaw, a 16-year House appropriator from Jacksonville, would retire this year at the end of his term. Tebow, 28, lives in the district… Read More »

Gators in The Show

Six former Florida baseball players appeared on Major League Baseball Opening Day 25-man rosters this week: Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani(Cincinnati Reds, 2009-11), infielder Cole Figueroa (Pittsburgh Pirates, 2007-08), right-hander Darren O’Day (Baltimore Orioles, 2003-06), infielder Ryan Raburn (Colorado Rockies, 2000), catcher David Ross (Chicago Cubs, 1998) and outfielder Preston Tucker (Houston Astros, 2009-12). In addition, six other former Gators are on 40-man rosters – LHP Kevin Chapman (Houston Astros, 2007, 09-10), OF Matt den Dekker (Washington Nationals, 2007-10), INF Nolan Fontana… Read More »

Beal hits last-second 3 to beat Spurs

Bradley Beal is off to a hot start this season. The former Florida guard has scored 24 or more points in Washington’s first four games, including Wednesday’s night thrilling finish against San Antoino. Spurs point guard Tony Parker’s 3-pointer tied the game at 99 with 7 seconds remaining. Then it was Beal’s turn to deliver from downtown. The Wizards isolated Beal off the inbound pass against LaMarcus Aldridge. Beal shook Aldridge with a textbook jab step and then drained a… Read More »

Jones runs wild on Rams

Matt Jones didn’t do much in his NFL debut last weekend, but he grabbed the league’s attention this past Sunday. The former Florida running back rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in Washington’s 24-10 win over St. Louis. Jones also caught three passes for 23 yards — five yards less than what he rushed for in the season opener, a 17-10 loss to Miami. “The first game, the first half we just out-powered (the Dolphins),” Jones told… Read More »

Humphries gets nickname, tough love from Cardinals coach

D.J. Humphries injured his knee last week, but there’s another knee likely be hurting him more. Arizona’s first-round pick is the younger player on the Cardinals roster, and coach Bruce Arians has a way of getting the rookie to mature fast. “Knee in his ass every day,” said Arians said in his Tuesday presser. “A foot wasn’t going to do it. That’s why his nickname’s ‘knee-deep.’ ” Humphries returned to practice Tuesday after recovering from a hyperextended knee. He’s expected to… Read More »

Yankees call up Figueroa

Cole Figueroa is back in the big leagues. The New York Yankees called up the former Gator on Thursday from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Figueroa, 28, played 77 games in the minors this season, hitting .317 with three home runs and 36 RBIs. He made his major league debut last year with the Tampa Bay Rays and hit .233 with six RBIs in 23 games. The Yankees then signed him during the offseason. Figueroa was a first-team Freshman All-American at Florida and led… Read More »

Tebow improving under Kelly’s tutelage

Tim Tebow hasn’t made the Eagles roster yet, but his chances get better with each week that passes. Tebow signed with Philadelphia back in April with hopes of reviving his NFL career. He hasn’t played in the league since 2012. ESPN senior writer David Fleming examined the root of Tebow’s struggles in a 2013 piece, writing that the former Florida quarterback struggled badly with the mental part of the game. Tebow went through the 2013 preseason with the New England… Read More »

Report: Lee, Warriors plan to part ways

Starter-turned-reserve David Lee came alive in the NBA Finals and helped the Warriors win their first championship in four decades. However, Tuesday’s title-clinching game will reportedly be his last with the team. The former Gators forward and Golden State plan to part ways this offseason, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Citing sources, Stein reports the Warriors have expressed to Lee and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, that continuing to use the two-time All-Star in a reserve role would be “unfair” and… Read More »