GAINESVILLE -- The 2015 SEC Media Days will include a new feature titled: “Beyond the Field: Stories of the SEC” and Florida senior defensive end Jonathan Bullard will serve as UF's representative to tell his “compelling story outside his athletic endeavors," the league announced Thursday.
The versatile defensive lineman will detail his relationship with his late grandmother, Joyce Robbs, who raised Bullard and battled cancer during his high school career. She passed away in 2012.
Florida – Jonathan Bullard (Senior, Defensive Line) was raised in part by a grandmother who battled cancer during his high school career. Despite his intention to play at a school near her home, she encouraged him to follow his dream and play at Florida. She saw him play his freshman year but soon became ill and passed away the week after he played the best game of his young career vs. Missouri. She remains an inspiration to him.
UF is slated for Day 1 of the four-day event, starting July 13. Bullard is one of three athletes who will represent the Gators in Hoover. The league will announce Florida's full contingent on July 6.
“The athletic achievements of the SEC continue to be well-documented, but many of our student-athletes lead interesting lives or have intriguing stories that happen away from the field of play,” new SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said.
“This is an opportunity to tell stories of academic achievement, personal ambition, community service, determination in the face of adversity and character of mind. These student-athletes are the chapters of a larger book that is the story of the Southeastern Conference.”
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