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The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time 

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Updated October 11, 2019 18.7k votes 2.5k voters 29.5k views 85 items

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Hailing from "The Swamp" in Gainesville, Florida, The Gators are one of the most celebrated institutions in college football. The Gators have three national championships to their name, as well as eight SEC-titles in the program's 108-year history. The University of Florida has also produced 31 consensus All-Americans and three Heisman Trophy winners.

With 89 First Team All-Americans and 46 NFL first-round draft picks, it is safe to say that the Gators have had some remarkable talent over the years.

So, It's up to you now, Rankers. Who is the best Florida Gator ever? You have your work cut out for you. From Tebow to Collinsworth to Emmitt Smith – Steve Spurrier, Jack Youngblood, and Danny Wuerffel and many more. There is no wrong answer! Upvote your picks for the best University of Florida football players now!
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Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Makati, Philippines

Age: 31

Teams: Denver Broncos, Florida Gators football, New England Patriots, New York Jets

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2
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Running back from Pensacola, Florida, United States of America

Age: 49

Teams: Florida Gators football, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

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3
Percy Harvin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Chesapeake, Virginia

Age: 27

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Florida Gators football, Minnesota Vikings

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#133 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #415 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #11 of 59 The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

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Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Defensive end from Jacksonville, Florida

Age: 69

Teams: Los Angeles Rams

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5
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time

Age: 70

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida Gators football, San Francisco 49ers

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Danny Wuerffel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Age: 41

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Florida Gators football, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, + more

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#1,507 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #35 of 121 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time #83 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

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Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Cornerback and Defensive back from Fort Washington, Maryland

Age: 26

Teams: Florida Gators football, Cleveland Browns

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Fred Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
WilliamThomasDoro added Running back from Pahokee, Florida

Age: 39

Teams: New England Patriots

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9
Brandon Spikes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
WilliamThomasDoro added Linebacker from Shelby, North Carolina

Age: 31

Teams: Florida Gators football, New England Patriots

10
Wilber Marshall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Wilber Marshall Linebacker from Titusville, Florida

Age: 53

11
Reggie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Manuel Deleon added Reggie Nelson Cornerback and Safety from Melbourne, Florida

Age: 32

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars

12
Dante Fowler Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
WilliamThomasDoro added Dante Fowler Jr.
13
Vernon Hargreaves III is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
jack-young added Vernon Hargreaves III
Cornerback
14
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
JasonAzarpour added Tight end from New London, Connecticut

Age: 25

Teams: Washington Redskins

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15
Rex Grossman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Bloomington, Indiana

Age: 35

Teams: Washington Redskins, Florida Gators football, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears

16
Ike Hilliard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Patterson, Louisiana

Age: 39

17
Cris Collinsworth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time

Age: 60

Teams: Florida Gators football, Cincinnati Bengals

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Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Tight end from Bristol, Connecticut

Age: 29

Teams: Florida Gators football, New England Patriots

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Wes Chandler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Wes Chandler Wide receiver from New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Age: 59

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Jabar Gaffney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
WilliamThomasDoro added Wide receiver from San Antonio, Texas

Age: 35

Teams: Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Florida Gators football, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, + more

21
Reidel Anthony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Pahokee, Florida

Age: 39

22
Jevon Kearse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Heather Hamlin added Jevon Kearse

Age: 39

Teams: Florida Gators football, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles

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Maurkice Pouncey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Heather Hamlin added Guard and Center from Ardmore, Oklahoma, United States of America

Age: 26

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Florida Gators football

24
Shane Matthews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Pascagoula, Mississippi

Age: 45

25
Mike Gillislee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
WilliamThomasDoro added Running back from DeLand, Florida

Age: 25

Teams: Florida Gators football, Miami Dolphins