Gators to honor George Edmondson with celebrity "Two-Bits" leaders
For more than five decades Tampa's George Edmondson roamed the University of Florida's football stadium encouraging fans to join him in a raucous rendition of the "Two Bits" cheer.
Now with Edmondson retired, Florida is hoping to carry the tradition on - with a different spin.
Florida coach Will Muschamp said today the Gators will use a different Gator "celebrity" each week to lead the cheer during the game, in simiar fashion as Edmondson once did.
"Excited about doing something a little new this year to honor George Edmundson, Mr. Two Bits," Muschamp said. "We're going to have a Gator celebrity for every home game to come out and sort of lead the crowd there as far as trying to be like Mr. Two Bits was."
The Gators will start this Saturday, against Toledo, with former RB Errict Rhett.
"He's certainly a passionate guy with a lot of energy," Muschamp said. "You talk to him on the phone, he's almost going to come through the phone on you there. He's excited about it. Won't always be a football player, but it'll be obviously a Gator celebrity that means a lot to the University of Florida."
Edmondson began the tradition in 1949 and led the Gators in cheers until 2008.