Florida center Max Garcis was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 133rd pick — the 34th of the fourth round — in the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Garcia transferred from Maryland to Florida in 2012, sat out for a season, and then started all 24 games of his only two seasons with the Gators. He demonstrated versatility in doing so, playing left guard and left tackle in 2013 and center (while also serving as a team captain) in 2014, but he is likely to be used as a center or interior lineman at the NFL level.
And he goes to a team with a rich history of both drafting and employing Gators. The Broncos will now have four on their roster — Garcia joins Andre Caldwell, Jon Halapio, and Lerentee McCray — and have drafted 17 Gators in their history, including four since 2007. Most notably, of course, the Broncos took Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
In Garcia, the Broncos are getting a fine player — but as with Tebow, Garcia's character far surpasses his athletic prowess. For a reminder of how much love animates Garcia, look to the touching press conference he did in the wake of Florida's win over Georgia — and good friend Mike McNeely's surprise touchdown on a fake field goal.
That is the sort of person I will root for forever. I'm glad I'll get to root for Max Garcia's football career for at least a little while longer.