Florida to honor Gainesville native Tom Petty in the Swamp for LSU game
The music world lost a legend on Monday when Tom Petty passed away due to cardiac arrest.
According to the University of Florida, Petty, a Gainesville native, previously served as a groundskeeper for the university. It was also announced on Thurday that the Gators will honor Petty during Saturday’s football game.
The school announced it will play Petty’s hit song “I Won’t Back Down” in the Swamp between the third and fourth quarters and is encouraging fans in attendance to sing along to honor Petty.
Florida AD Scott Stricklin says it will be a time to celebrate Petty’s music and his impact in Gainesville:
“Let’s celebrate together what he meant to the world of music and what he meant to this community,” said Stricklin. “Since we are already singing ‘We are the Boys,’ let’s go right from that into one of his great anthems and make that the way we are going to jointly celebrate Tom Petty and the Gators.”
Stricklin also hinted on Twitter that more of Petty’s music will likely be featured throughout the game:
There’s an excellent chance you’ll hear plenty of Tom Petty’s music in #TheSwamp Saturday, not just between 3rd & 4th quarter https://t.co/xn2zd0tiNO
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) October 5, 2017
Here is a look at the announcement shared on Twitter by Scott Carter:
#Gators to honor Gainesville legend, music icon @tompetty on Saturday: https://t.co/VJm9xLYqoQ pic.twitter.com/9uIahQVGKn
— Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) October 5, 2017
Saturday’s kickoff against LSU is set for 3:30 pm EST on CBS.