The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time

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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
    2,027 votes
    • Birthplace: Philippines, Makati
    • Age: 36
    • Teams: Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Jets

    As one of the most iconic players not only in University of Florida football history but also in college sports, Tim Tebow's impact on and off the field was astonishing. His tenacious leadership and unique dual-threat style elevated the Gators to championship heights, including two BCS National Championships. With a strong competitive spirit and unwavering faith, Tebow will forever be remembered as one of the greatest signal-callers the University of Florida has ever witnessed.

  • Emmitt Smith
    Running back
    1,691 votes
    • Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, USA
    • Age: 54
    • Teams: Florida Gators football, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

    The epitome of a workhorse running back, Emmitt Smith showcased his powerful and relentless running style during his time at the University of Florida, consistently moving the chains and striking fear in opposing defenses. Smith put the Gators' running game on his back, helping elevate the program's prestige and etching his name into Florida football lore. The combination of his heart and physical ability has ensured that Emmitt Smith remains one of the all-time greats in Gator Nation.

  • Maurkice Pouncey
    Guard, Center
    385 votes
    • Birthplace: USA, Ardmore, Oklahoma
    • Age: 34
    • Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Florida Gators football

    Maurkice Pouncey set the standard for excellence as an offensive lineman at the University of Florida with his exceptional technique, football IQ, and leadership skills. Known for his gritty and tenacious blocking, Pouncey anchored the Gators' offensive line, providing outstanding protection and run-blocking. Pouncey's dominance in the trenches played a crucial role in the Gators’ offensive success, solidifying his place as one of the program's all-time greats.

  • Jevon Kearse

    Jevon Kearse

    426 votes

    Known as "The Freak" for his incredible combination of size, speed, and athleticism, Jevon Kearse struck terror in the hearts of opposing quarterbacks and offensive linemen during his tenure at the University of Florida. Kearse's disruptive dominance as a pass rusher helped propel the Gators' defense to new heights, significantly contributing to the team's success. A game-changing force, Kearse's performances have left an indelible mark on Florida football history.

  • Mike Pouncey
    339 votes
    • Birthplace: Bartow, Florida
    • Age: 34
    • Teams: Florida Gators football, Miami Dolphins

    Twin brother of Maurkice, Mike Pouncey was an integral part of the Gators' success during his time in Gainesville. Sharing the same relentless work ethic and outstanding football IQ, Mike excelled as both a guard and a center, providing versatility to the dominant Florida offensive line. Together with his brother, the Pouncey twins formed an impenetrable fortress for their quarterbacks and paved the way for their running backs, leaving a lasting legacy in the Swamp.

  • Jack Youngblood
    Defensive end
    814 votes
    • Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida
    • Age: 73
    • Teams: Los Angeles Rams

    An intense, fiery competitor, Jack Youngblood's ferocious play on the defensive line solidified his status as a University of Florida legend. His relentless pursuit of opposing quarterbacks and unyielding determination to disrupt the offense left long-lasting impressions on those who had the opportunity to witness his performances. As a cornerstone of the Gators defense, Youngblood's impact on the history of Florida football cannot be overstated.