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Written by Nick de la Torre, August 27, 2014, 2 Comments,
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“We all we got! We all we need!”

If you were at fall practices this year you heard that phrase shouted from the Florida Gators football team. On the surface, they are just words, but to a team that is coming off of a 4-8 season, the words hold a deeper meaning.

“I feel like it means a whole lot to us just because, this year, I feel like we’re like brothers,” sophomore running back Kelvin Taylor said. “Our whole team is like, we have a great team chemistry. So I feel like that saying that — D.J. [Humphries] always says it — I feel like it means a whole lot because everybody really takes that to heart.”

The Seattle Seahawks made the phrase popular during their Super Bowl run last season and, despite the grammar which is a little bit off, carries an “us against them” mentality. Something every coach from little league to professional sports tries to instill in their team.

Last season — as losses piled up — fans, opposing fans and the media piled on. It was easy to find embarrassing stats or poke fun at two Gator players blocking each other. As much as they will say that they don’t hear the noise from the outside, the players heard it. They read the tweets and they rushed for their remotes when ESPN played and re-played Jon Harrison blocking Quinton Dunbar at nauseum.

A leader on offense, D.J. Humphries brought the Gators new motto to the team late in the summer, before fall camp. It was easy to latch on to after the season that Florida was coming off of. The butt of jokes from everyone to Florida State fans to the big talking heads on ESPN, the 2014 Gators wanted to make sure that the players and coaches in the locker room would be there for each other, no matter what.

“I’ve never been this comfortable around a team, from the top to the bottom. I feel like we’re all really family now,” D.J. Humphries said.

They’ve rallied around a phrase, but in reality, those are just words. Is it a battle cry? Maybe. Is it the motto the team has taken on this year? Absolutely.

It also serves as a reminder. The Gators have their eyes set on revenge and redemption but they’re not looking to impress anyone on the outside. This season is for them. For the players on this roster who went through last season and for the new guys in the locker room to never have to go through something like that.

“We’re really not playing for any recognition,” sophomore cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III said. “We’re playing for ourselves, we’re playing for our team.”

It isn’t just words to the Florida Gators. The words sound nice, sure, but the words just serve as a reminder. This team has faced it all in the past 12 months and the biggest thing that it taught them is that the only people they need this season are the ones that will run out of the tunnel just before 7 p.m. on Saturday.

“To be honest,” Taylor said. “That’s all we really need.”

 

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Nick de la Torre

About Nick de la Torre

A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

  1. lurkingator1August 28, 2014, 8:01 am

    We are all we need ! I like it

  2. GI-GatorAugust 28, 2014, 8:02 am

    Most of Gator Nation is with the players and coaches through thick and thin. We had a tremendous amount of misfortune last year – more than any Gator team in my days of being a Gator. These young men enter college as budding adults and like Muschamp has said many times, it’s not add water = instant player. The ones that stuck around will grow from the pain and frustration. The memories will serve as a landmark, on their journey of life and motivate them during the tough times. I like the way they are using last season as a positive and not letting it pull them further in to the gutter. We can, all, take a lesson from that group of young men. Life hits us in the mouth at times and it’s easy to become bitter and negative. When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, at the age of 36, I could not believe something so rare and devastating could happen to me. Why was I among the very few to be hit by the disease at such a young age? I was in very good shape and I wasn’t expected to become a casualty; but, it hit me just the same. There was a time to be angry, depressed and cheated. I realized, at some point, that my life is all I have and regardless of the obstacles, I had to make the most out of it and fight as hard as I can to make it last as long as possible. Those Gators will regain their footing and once again, they will be respected and feared by all of college football.

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“We all we got! We all we need!”

If you were at fall practices this year you heard that phrase shouted from the Florida Gators football team. On the surface, they are just words, but to a team that is coming off of a 4-8 season, the words hold a deeper meaning.

“I feel like it means a whole lot to us just because, this year, I feel like we’re like brothers,” sophomore running back Kelvin Taylor said. “Our whole team is like, we have a great team chemistry. So I feel like that saying that — D.J. [Humphries] always says it — I feel like it means a whole lot because everybody really takes that to heart.”

The Seattle Seahawks made the phrase popular during their Super Bowl run last season and, despite the grammar which is a little bit off, carries an “us against them” mentality. Something every coach from little league to professional sports tries to instill in their team.

Last season — as losses piled up — fans, opposing fans and the media piled on. It was easy to find embarrassing stats or poke fun at two Gator players blocking each other. As much as they will say that they don’t hear the noise from the outside, the players heard it. They read the tweets and they rushed for their remotes when ESPN played and re-played Jon Harrison blocking Quinton Dunbar at nauseum.

A leader on offense, D.J. Humphries brought the Gators new motto to the team late in the summer, before fall camp. It was easy to latch on to after the season that Florida was coming off of. The butt of jokes from everyone to Florida State fans to the big talking heads on ESPN, the 2014 Gators wanted to make sure that the players and coaches in the locker room would be there for each other, no matter what.

“I’ve never been this comfortable around a team, from the top to the bottom. I feel like we’re all really family now,” D.J. Humphries said.

They’ve rallied around a phrase, but in reality, those are just words. Is it a battle cry? Maybe. Is it the motto the team has taken on this year? Absolutely.

It also serves as a reminder. The Gators have their eyes set on revenge and redemption but they’re not looking to impress anyone on the outside. This season is for them. For the players on this roster who went through last season and for the new guys in the locker room to never have to go through something like that.

“We’re really not playing for any recognition,” sophomore cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III said. “We’re playing for ourselves, we’re playing for our team.”

It isn’t just words to the Florida Gators. The words sound nice, sure, but the words just serve as a reminder. This team has faced it all in the past 12 months and the biggest thing that it taught them is that the only people they need this season are the ones that will run out of the tunnel just before 7 p.m. on Saturday.

“To be honest,” Taylor said. “That’s all we really need.”

 

For more University of Florida Gators football coverage join Gator Country.

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