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The Gator Football team is one of the most dominant teams in College football. The Gators won the National Championship in 1996, 2006, and 2008.

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Gators Win the BCS Championship in 2009

The Gator Football Team celebrates winning the 2009 BCS Championship

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The Gator football team home is Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, better known as “The Swamp”, located in Gainesville, FL. 

The Swamp has been around since 1930 and several major renovations over the years makes this state of the art stadium home to over 90,000 screaming fans on Saturdays.

The Swamp

In 1991, head coach, Steve Spurrier coined the name “The Swamp” when he said, “The Swamp is where Gators live. We feel comfortable there, but we hope our opponents feel tentative. A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous.”

Coach Steve Spurrier, arguably one of the best head coaches in the SEC in the last 15 years, left his mark on Gator Football. Spurrier led the Gators to six SEC titles between 1990-2000 and its first National Championship in 1996.  The “old Ball coach” Steve Spurrier will always be a legend in “The Swamp”.

Gators on Offense at BCS

The Florida Gators on Offense during the 2009 BCS Championship

Gator Football Today

In 2005 the Gators welcomed former Utah head coach, Urban Meyer, as the new head coach.  It didn’t take long for Coach Meyer to have a major impact on Gator Football. In his second season as Head Coach, Meyer brought the University of Florida its second National Championship in 10 years.  In 2006, The Gators defeated number 1 ranked Ohio State 41-14 to capture the BCS Championship in Glendale, Arizona.

Gator Football Players Drafted by the NFL

Since 1990 there have been 93 Gator Football players drafted by NFL teams.  18 of those players were drafted in the first round. The 2007 draft saw both Jarvis Moss and Reggie Nelson go in the first round. In 2008, Derrick Harvey was the 8th overall pick in the NFL draft and is currently playing for the Jaguars. 

Heisman Tradition at Florida

The University of Florida Gators is proud to have 3 Heisman Trophy winners come out of the Gator Nation.  Steve Spurrier took the Heisman Trophy in 1966, Danny Wuerffell won it in 1996, and current Gator Quarterback, Tim Tebow, was the first sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy in 2007.

Gator Football Season 2008

In 2008, The Gators have once again proved to be a dominant force in the SEC and the nation.  With an overall record of 12-1 and a SEC record of 7-1, The Gators are headed to Miami to once again compete for the National Championship.  On Jan 8, 2009, The Gators will face Oklahoma and try to win their third National Championship overall and their second in the last 3 years.

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium where the Gators play in Gainesville

2008 - 2009 Gator Football Schedule and Results

August 30, 2008HawaiiW 56-10
September 6, 2008MiamiW 26-3
September 20, 2008at TennesseeW 30-6
September 27, 2008Ole MissL 30-31
October 4, 2008at ArkansasW 38-7
October 11, 2008LSUW 51-21
October 25, 2008KentuckyW 63-5
November 1, 2008GeorgiaW 49-10
November 8, 2008At VanderbiltW 42-14
November 15, 2008South CarolinaW 56-6
November 22, 2008The CitadelW 70-19
November 29, 2008At FSUW 45-15
December 6, 2008SEC Championship VS AlabamaW 31-20
Jan 8, 2008BCS Championship VS OklahomaW 24-14

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