For 59 years, George Edmondson, aka Mr. Two Bits, was Florida’s “unofficial” cheerleader.
Edmondson, who started the Two Bits tradition in 1949, retired in 2008, but coach Will Muschamp is now resurrecting the tradition with a new flavor.
Florida will honor Edmondson’s legacy at every home game this season with a different “Gators celebrity” leading the cheer.
Errict Rhett, an All-American tailback under former UF coach Steve Spurrier (1990-93), will act as Mr. Two Bits on Saturday in the opener against Toledo.
“[Rhett] is 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.
“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.”
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