Christopher at the national championship celebration

My parents have been Gator football fans since the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. They weren’t just any regular fans, however. No, they were the kind of diehards that would take their three-month-old son (me) to his first Gator football game, surrounded by thousands of screaming crazies. Thank you, Mom and Dad.

Since then, my life has revolved around UF. Everyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about the Florida Gators, a passion that might only be rivaled by my brother. I have not missed a Gator home football game since 1995 (UF vs. FSU), for reasons unexplainable but I claim mostly due to the violence among fans at the height of the rivalry (apparently at least too much for an 8-year-old to handle). Now, I have an active streak of 79 straight home games and counting. I always knew I wanted to be a student here, so when the time came to apply to college, my decision was an easy one.

What a better time to come than my years here (2005-2009)! My freshman year, the Gator basketball team won the national championship, the first in school history, and I was on the front row in the O’Connell Center with them every step of the way. Then, my sophomore year, the football team claimed the second national title in school history. UF became the first school to win the football and basketball national championships in the same year. How could we top that? Easy. The basketball team repeated as champions just a few months later, making Gainesville the unofficial “Titletown.” To top things off, Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, that during my junior year. There seems to be a pattern. What will happen in my final year as a student at UF?