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Chomping at Bits: Percy Harvin will retire from NFL after seven seasons

The mercurial playmaker has suited up for the last time.

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Percy Harvin retiring: While I'm sad that Harvin never ended up playing for the Packers — or, y'know, a team that could utilize him without antagonizing him — I think he's probably getting out of a sport he doesn't love, and doing so before his body is too broken to have a long life. I can't quibble with that. While we can hope that he'll be remembered for a fairly impressive seven years of stats — 351 catches for 4,020 yards and 22 touchdowns, 915 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground, and five kick return touchdowns, plus a performance that should have earned him a Super Bowl MVP — it's inevitable that Harvin's NFL career, like his Florida one, will also be remembered for injuries and off-the-field churlishness, the two things that prevented one of the most celestially talented players in the history of organized football from being a truly legendary one. (Adam Stiles, SB Nation | Brian Galliford, Buffalo Rumblings)

Florida wins series opener at Arkansas: A 12-8 score line may not look pretty, but Florida led 6-0 after four innings after being no-hit through three, and A.J. Puk fanned nine and allowed just two runs in five innings in his first full start in three weeks. Little-used Michael Byrne and Eddy Demurias were responsible for the five runs that Arkansas rallied to score in the eighth, while Shaun Anderson got a four-out save, his seventh of the year. (John Hines, Florida Gators)

Florida gymnastics aims for fourth straight title: And they'll have Alex McMurtry as an all-arounder again this weekend at the NCAA Championships. (Pat Dooley, The Gainesville SunChris Harry, Florida Gators)

Florida's golf team shooting for SEC championships: Both have snuck into the top 10 of the national polls. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Four Florida softball players taken in pro draft: All four were taken within the draft's first 39 picks, with Kelsey Stewart leading the way as a second-rounder. Stewart, Kirsti Merritt, and Aubree Munro will all play for the USSSA Pride, which plays home games in Kissimmee, and will also feature former Gator Hannah Rogers in 2016. (Will Pantages, Florida Gators)

Your Gators moment of zen: This is a blast from the past, man. While looking for footage of the 2002 Orange Bowl to link in a spirited discussion over in the comments of that "Florida might play Miami" post, I found the game's intro — which features a pre-everything but The Daily Show Steve Carell explaining what a Terrapin is, and saying "No: Just the Gators" to an actor I cannot place for the life of me. It's a trip. (Before you ask: No, I couldn't find equivalent intros for the other BCS games that year.)

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