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Former Gator Errict Rhett gives motivational speech to women's basketball team



ERhett12 The Florida women's basketball team capped off Monday's practice with an inspirational pep talk from former All-American football player Errict Rhett (1990-93).

“I talked to the team about trusting and believing in themselves,” Rhett said.  “I told them that if  they trust in their coaches and trust in their teammates, they can collectively accomplish anything they want. I told them to challenge themselves in practice every day to get better. This is a wonderful group of players that is very coachable and together they can do great things.”

Florida’s all-time rushing leader with 4,163 yards, Rhett was the first running back in NCAA history to rush for more than 4,100 yards and catch 140 or more passes in a career. He was voted a 1993 First Team
All-American and was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection.

Rhett, who was the 1994 NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year, was in town for last weekend's Homecoming activities, and extended his stay to speak to the team. He told the players how he began his career about sixth on the depth chart, but made the most of every practice. He said he's always happy to return to Gainesville.

“I love my school so much,” Rhett said. “People here love me regardless if I was a good football player or not. That’s what I cherish the most when I think back to my time here. I love coming back to Gainesville.”

Rhett currently resides in Sunrise and runs the Errict Rhett Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for inner city youth through education, leadership, and mentoring.

, [Photo: University of Florida]

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:23pm]


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