On Saturday, more than a few Florida Gators will be playing their last college football games in The Swamp. And as is always the case, Senior Day is sure to shake some tears loose.
But in the run-up to this Saturday’s matchup with Florida State — which seems like it might turn into a three-hour celebration, unless the Seminoles play well above their standards for their season to date — Florida’s program has done something extra special for these seniors, producing individual videos chronicling — and, importantly, thanking them for — their stints as Gators.
They’re great viewing, especially on Thanksgiving, and the players’ responses to them have been moving in their own right. And it should go without saying that Florida’s setting a standard for farewells to seniors that it should match every year.
Thank you Gator Nation for accepting me these two seasons!! Made friendships that will last a lifetime. Thank you Coach G for believing in me and giving me a second chance. It has truly been a blessing being a Florida Gator ❤️ https://t.co/5NvBajRYBI— VJ12 (@VanJefferson12) November 21, 2019
I just wanna say Thank You Gator Nation!!! I have gotten nothin but love since transferring into this program. It has been a great 2 seasons with you guys! And a special thanks to coach @CoachDanMullen for giving me the opportunity to compete and further my education!! #beatFSU https://t.co/x3xYs5Eu8W— Adam Shuler (@Adam_goeshard) November 22, 2019
Thank you Gatornation Hard to put in words how much emotion I have built up for senior day played with a lot of great players and built life long Friendships. Came in as a 18 year old kid and leaving a 21 year old man https://t.co/89H81MZc4h— La’Mical Perine (@LP_deucedeuce) November 22, 2019
Man This was tough to put in words. The friends that have become family, the experiences, the ups and downs through football. Have all molded me to be the person I am today. Forever grateful for the opportunity I was given to be a Gator. Thank you Gator Nation ❤️ https://t.co/fb7gSYvjGj— Josh Hammond (@J_Hammond10) November 23, 2019
Can’t believe this is really happening.. My time in the Orange and Blue has been something truly special and it is something I won’t ever forget! Thank you for everything Gator Nation! I’ll see you next Saturday for one last ride in THE SWAMP https://t.co/VkmT7ojK8i— Jacob Tilghman (@Jtilly34) November 24, 2019
My time at Florida has been nothing short of amazing. I can’t thank @UF , the fans, and coaches enough for the tremendous support and the incredible opportunity to play here. I am forever grateful and will always bleed orange and blue. Thank you #GatorNation @GatorsFB https://t.co/2FSxKC8xam— Tommy Townsend (@tommy_townsend) November 26, 2019
I’m a Gator til the death of me! Forever grateful to all my teammates coaches friends and family and the memories I have these past 5 years, this University and the endless opportunities it has presented, and GatorNation for the endless support! #ForeverFlorida ❤️ https://t.co/npX4XPsdHq— Nick Buchanan (@KingNick66) November 27, 2019
Gator Nation, I want to truly thank you for accepting with open arms. This journey has been nothing less than what I expected. Sadly, this journey has come to an end but this place will forever be in my heart. Saturday will be bittersweet but this W will make it all worth it! https://t.co/foI624xGwz— Jon (@jongreenard7) November 28, 2019
Thank you Gator Nation ❤️ Words can’t describe all the the memories I created at UF and the life long memories and friends I made. Florida will always have a special place in my heart. These 4 years have been the best years of my life.I’m grateful for that. 8️⃣9️⃣Out✌ https://t.co/1gfIWIrg8y— CLEVE (@Tyrie_1) November 28, 2019
Noah Banks, Robert Clay, Garrett Conner, Moses Gordon III, Dennis Gross, Andres Saldivar, Nick Sproles
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