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Gainesville native Tom Petty to be honored at LSU-Florida game

Honoring Tom Petty

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty will be honored during Saturday's LSU-Florida homecoming game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Petty, a Gainesville native who once worked as a groundskeeper at Florida as he tried to make it in music, died Monday of cardiac arrest. He was 66.

At the end of the third quarter of the nationally televised game, after the Florida band plays We Are the Boys from Old Florida and fans lock arms and sway as they sing the UF spirit song, Petty's I Won't Back Down will blast throughout the stadium.

"Let's celebrate together what he meant to the world of music and what he meant to this community," athletic director Scott Stricklin said. "Since we are already singing We Are the Boys, let's go right from that into one of his great anthems and make that the way we are going to jointly celebrate Tom Petty and the Gators."

Petty and his band the Heartbreakers, which he formed in the mid '70s, were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002. They played concerts on campus in 1993 and 2006, the last one commemorating the 30th anniversary of the formation of the band.

Times staff

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