Fire. Passion. Loyalty. Grit. These are all characteristics of a good football team. While they may have been lacking at times for the 2014 Florida Gators (3-3, 2-3) these things certainly made an appearance Monday afternoon through linebacker Michael Taylor.
The Gators head into their annual matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. The Dawgs are currently in control of the SEC East with a 6-1 record and sitting at number 9 in the AP Poll. It also shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise if Richt and company welcome back Heisman contending running back Todd Gurley from suspension for the Cocktail Party.
Meanwhile the Gators are playing amongst a rain of boo’s and “Fire Muschamp” chants from their fans as they play for a coach that, despite all assurances from Jeremy Foley otherwise, can’t find himself anywhere but the hot seat.
The players hear the boo’s as well, they see the tweets and they feel the tension. And while Michael Taylor understands it’s your right as an American to express that thanks to “somewhere in the Constitution”, he also has really had enough.
Taylor politely lashed out at fans saying, “People can say whatever they want…people saying that aren’t out there coaching with him, they aren’t being coached by him…they can voice their opinion. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s somewhere in the Constitution, you can voice your opinion.”
To clarify, he’s referring to the First Amendment, which reads:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
He goes on to say “We love playing for him. He’s a good coach. He’s a great person. I wouldn’t approve anybody else. I wouldn’t want to play for anybody else right now.”
Watch the video for his full mini-speech, and then watch the Gators face the Dawgs Saturday at 3:30 on CBS to see if this translates onto the field.