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Should Florida Football retire jersey numbers?

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by Gator715, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. beemerthegator

    beemerthegator Senior

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    The retired numbers were #11 (Spurrier of course) and #55 (Two time All-SEC linebacker Scott Brantley whose career appeared it might be over after a bad concussion in a game at Florida Field but then went on to a multi-year successful NFL career). Probably some other players belonged on the retired number list if were were going to retire numbers -- Jack Youngblood, Wilbur Marshall, Wes Chandler to name a few in addition to those you mention. There would be some old old timers in the leather helmet days that probably would have been justified in addition to players like Danny W., Tebow, and Percy).

    Personally, I like the Ring of Honor better than retiring numbers. It is a good replacement and leaves open numbers which are important to some recruits. And you can only retire so many numbers, but Ring of Honor inductees are limited only by the definition we apply to who gets selected. I tend to think the Ring of Honor should be opened up to more players. They did put Marshall, Youngblood, and Emmitt in there.
     
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  2. Distant Gator

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    This.
     
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  3. tilly

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    Maybe you "retire" the numbers by not allowing underclassmen to wear them.

    Our current QB wears possibly the greatest number of all (at least tied with #15)

    I think it would be cool if #11/#15/#7 were always given to a junior starting QB (for instance).
    You would have to stay with the program and earn the starting role as a junior or senior. Maybe the captains?

    Same with #22, #1, etc.
     
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  4. atlantagator86

    atlantagator86 GC Hall of Fame

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    Almost exactly my thought, but I might consider picking 1 defensive player and 1 offensive player, maybe let the players vote, who shows particular character or leadership on and/or off the field. Maybe the defensive player gets #1 and the offensive player can choose between #7, 11, 15 and 22.

    Imagine how big a huge DT would look wearing #1. :)
     
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  5. UF24ou14

    UF24ou14 GC Hall of Fame

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    Since Scott Brantley's number was retired and he agreed to unretire it, I think he should've automatically qualified for the Ring of Honor, since he was considered a great enough Gator to have had his number retired at one time.
     
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  6. atlantagator86

    atlantagator86 GC Hall of Fame

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    I don't recall the criteria, but I don't think he qualified based on the standards set.

    But adding #55 to the special assigned numbers for defense would be a great way to honor him as well.
     
  7. UF24ou14

    UF24ou14 GC Hall of Fame

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    I think he deserves to be qualified by default, since his number had been already been retired before they came up with the criteria. UF thought he was great enough to have his number retired, which at the time was the highest honor they gave, and they thought he deserved to be specially remembered.
     
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  8. atlantagator86

    atlantagator86 GC Hall of Fame

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    I get you, and I don't disagree. But I think they wanted to keep it from being subjective, which I also understand. Plenty of guys deserving of historical recognition.
     
  9. CHFG8R

    CHFG8R GC Hall of Fame

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    It can be problematic with an 85 man roster and with recruiting (these are popular numbers). I'd rather use them as legacy numbers where those who wear them have to earn the right to wear them. I'm thinking #44 at Syracuse, for instance.
     
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  10. beemerthegator

    beemerthegator Senior

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    They have tweaked the requirements for the Ring of Honor to add more. I agree with you on Brantley. Odd to have a player have a number retired but not in the Ring of Honor. Seems to be a pretty easy amendment to the requirements since he is the only one to which it would apply (Spurrier of course already being in the Ring of Honor).
     
  11. I do not think we should retire jersey numbers, but I would hope that as players pick or get assigned numbers that there is at least a moment of reverence for the Gators whose jersey numbers are shown in the Ring of Honor.

    We could tell that Kyle Trask knew what #11 meant to Gators, especially at the QB position. We would lose moments like this if we retired numbers 7, 11, 15, 22, 74, and 88. I like the idea that someone mentioned earlier about reserving numbers. #1 should continue being allocated to the best NFL prospect.

    The other numbers in the Ring of Honor (plus Brantley’s #55) should have preferential treatment. The alternative would be to save #55 for the “Scot Brantley hard-hitter or impact linebacker award”. Maybe rename #1 as the “Percy Harvin electric player award”.
     
  12. sort14

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    IF... we are retiring numbers, I would go for the Heisman winners, Emmit, Wilber Marshall (#88), and Jack Youngblood (#85). But ultimately I agree with SOS. The ROH is enough for me.
     
  13. 4everaGator

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    Just retire away! We got plenty of numbers available, we just go to the hexadecimal system when we run out!;)
     
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  14. KronoGator

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    I've always disliked retiring numbers, it seems a rather goofy way to honor someone by not letting anyone else wear the number, seems more like making it so they are easier to forget.

    When I see someone wearing 15 I think of Tebow, I don't think "How dare he?!?"

    I'm glad UF doesn't go in for it, I hope they never do again.
     
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  15. gatordavisl

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  16. Gator715

    Gator715 GC Hall of Fame

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    Love this idea...
     
  17. ShadowCat

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    No to retiring numbers... its a team sport... Tebow wouldnt be awesome without Harvin and Hernandez, or the stellar defense led by Spikes.

    And what someone did in the 60s for example is easily surmounted later by new players... cant keep a number retired when others do the same position so much better... ala Spurrier ackonwledging new QBs were way better statistically.
     
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  18. Gator715

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  19. Spurffelbow833

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    If an offensive player's number is retired, defensive players should still be able to wear it, and vice versa.
     
  20. Spurffelbow833

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    To the point the Yankees have no single digit numbers left and high double digit numbers are becoming popular if not necessary (e.g., Aaron Judge).
     
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