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Meyer to Brantley's father: "Your son is growing up to be a man"



John Brantley's road to becoming the Florida starting quarterback has been long, and sometimes disappointing as he waited in the wings for his opportunity.

But in retrospect, he insists it was all for the best.

Florida coach Urban Meyer agrees. Meyer said Monday that he's seen phenomenal growth and maturity in Brantley. So much so, that he sent a text to the quarterback's father, John Brantley III, to tell him how proud he should be of his son. And one day, Meyer said, he hopes someone will be able to say the same thing to him when it comes to his own son.

“John (III) and I are very close,'' Meyer said. "There’s not a better family than John and Karen Brantley, and his uncle Scot. I texted him the other day and I had just watched the way Johnny managed practice and I texted him. I’ll share with you because I’m proud of this. I said, ‘Enjoy the ride. Your son is growing up to be a man.’  I hope I get that same text someday from someone (about his son Nate) because that’s pretty cool. That is the truth.  What he’s done here in the last year has been exactly what we need to have happen. He’s grown up. He’s the leader of this team and he’s Johnny Brantley, which is good enough for us. He’s Johnny Brantley.”

[Last modified: Monday, August 30, 2010 5:15pm]


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