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The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time 

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Updated October 11, 2019 18k votes 2.4k voters 28.2k 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

Age: 28

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

Age: 46

Teams: Florida Gators football, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

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

Age: 27

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Florida Gators football, Minnesota Vikings

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

Age: 65

Teams: Los Angeles Rams

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Fred Taylor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
WilliamThomasDoro added Running back from Pahokee

Age: 39

Teams: New England Patriots

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6
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Fort Walton Beach

Age: 41

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

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8
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Cornerback and Defensive back from Fort Washington

Age: 26

Teams: Florida Gators football, Cleveland Browns

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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

Age: 28

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

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

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
Ike Hilliard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Patterson

Age: 39

15
Cris Collinsworth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time

Age: 56

Teams: Florida Gators football, Cincinnati Bengals

16
Rex Grossman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Bloomington

Age: 35

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

17
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
JasonAzarpour added Tight end from New London

Age: 25

Teams: Washington Redskins

18
Wes Chandler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Wes Chandler Wide receiver from New Smyrna Beach

Age: 59

19
Jabar Gaffney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
WilliamThomasDoro added Wide receiver from San Antonio

Age: 35

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

20
Reidel Anthony is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Pahokee

Age: 39

21
Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Tight end from Bristol

Age: 26

Teams: Florida Gators football, New England Patriots

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22
Jacquez Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Return specialist and Wide receiver from Fort Valley

Age: 39

23
Lito Sheppard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
Manuel Deleon added Lito Sheppard Cornerback from Jacksonville

Age: 34

Teams: Oakland Raiders, New York Jets

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

Age: 45

25
Jevon Kearse is listed (or ranked) 25 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