Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Gator Hall of Famer Jim Rountree dies

Jim Rountree, a Florida running back who had big games in wins over Georgia in 1955 and '56 and later was inducted as a Gator Great into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame, died of cancer Oct. 1 in Tamarac. He was 77.

In 1955 against Georgia, Mr. Rountree had an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, sprung by a block from Don Chandler, and a 6-yard run that led UF back from a 13-0 deficit to win 19-13. In 1956 against Georgia, he scored on a 36-yard run and a 15-yard pass in a 28-0 win.

He was an All-SEC selection in 1957. Coach Bob Woodruff ranked Rountree as one the Gators' two best defensive backs and one of their two best running backs of the 1950s.

Mr. Rountree continued as a two-way player for the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts from 1958-67 and still holds the team record for longest reception — 108 yards against Saskatchewan in 1961.

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