Historic Photos of University of Florida Football

Overview

When the Florida Agricultural College in Lake City became the University of Florida and moved south to Gainesville in 1906, it had a very fledgling football team, although worthy opponents were difficult to find. Little by little, as the school increased in size and reputation, its football team attracted higher-performing athletes and sterner opponents until it was willing to play any team in the country. In 1966, the team had its first Heisman Trophy winner, but it was not until 30 years later that UF won its ...

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Overview

When the Florida Agricultural College in Lake City became the University of Florida and moved south to Gainesville in 1906, it had a very fledgling football team, although worthy opponents were difficult to find. Little by little, as the school increased in size and reputation, its football team attracted higher-performing athletes and sterner opponents until it was willing to play any team in the country. In 1966, the team had its first Heisman Trophy winner, but it was not until 30 years later that UF won its first national championship. Since then UF has chalked up two more Heisman Trophy winners and two more national championships. Historic Photos of University of Florida Football chronicles the rise of one of the premier football programs in the country through hundreds of black-and-white photographs, each of them captioned and with introductions. The book includes photos of the university and the surrounding community to which the “Fightin’ Gators” have become so much an integral part.

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Editorial Reviews

gatorenvy
McCarthy complied and captioned photographs that date back all the way to the founding of Gainesville and the very first football team. This is a rare collection of over 200 photos that every Gator needs on their coffee table. Every page has a super high-res black & white picture that tells the story of Florida Gator football.
blogs.palmbeachpost
The perfect gift for the Gator fan in your family . . . . . . over 200 photos spanning the late 1800s to the 21st century, featuring the evolution of the Florida football program, Florida Field and the 100-year-old Gainesville campus. Photographs feature the heroes of yesteryear and some of the greatest moments in Gator history, including: Ed Parnell, Walter Clemons, John J. Tigert, Forrest Ferguson, the 1969 Auburn Game, Lane Fenner, Pepper Rodgers, Cris Collinsworth, Emmitt Smith, 1902-1978 Team Photos, the Gator Bowl, Mr. Two Bits, Florida Field and the 1980 Tangerine Bowl. Hard to believe that the Gator Nation grew out of that tiny swamp some 100 years ago.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596525146
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/29/2009
  • Series: Historic Photos Series
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 1,434,631
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin McCarthy has written 43 books, mostly about the history and culture of Florida, but also about Saudi Arabia, Ireland, and English grammar. He has a bachelor's degree from LaSalle College in Philadelphia and two degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Linguistics.
He taught in Turkey in the Peace Corps for two years, in Lebanon for one year, in Saudi Arabia for two years, and at the University of Florida for 33 years. He has also given workshops on writing in Vietnam twice and lectured during more than 30 cruises.
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