GAINESVILLE -- President Obama is a Gators fan.
The President said on Sunday during NBC's Super Bowl pregame show that he has a "soft spot" for the current college football national champions. Before you shrug it off as good swing-state politics, you should probably know that there's a very good reason for President Obama's interest in the University of Florida's football team. One of his Secret Service agents, Jeff Gilbert, is the father of UF offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert.
President Obama recognized Jeff and Marcus Gilbert [PICTURED] during an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer. The President said, "One of our Secret Service guys, his son is a tackle on the, on the Florida Gators. So, you know, I've got a soft spot for" the Gators.
Marcus Gilbert, a rising redshirt junior from Coral Springs in Broward County, played football for coach George Smith at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. Gilbert, who helped fill in at guard this season, is expected to contend for a starting position this spring.
Could President Obama perhaps some day attend a Florida Gators football game? The chances of that happening are probably better than you think.
During the interview, Lauer asked President Obama if he thought Florida was the true national champion. President Obama has said he would like university presidents to agree to forming a playoff system for the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The President said, "Congratulations, Gators, on an outstanding season. ... Wouldn’t you feel better if you had beat — every team that was out there through a playoff system? ... I love you. But — I — I think they could have — I — they could have taken on anybody through the — the playoff system."