A new Florida home tradition? Jim McElwain comments on the Tom Petty tribute
If you missed Florida’s tribute to Tom Petty on Saturday during the Gators’ home game against LSU, you’re going to want to see it.
Watch the video here of thousands of Gators fans singing along to Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”
Petty, the legendary rocker and Gainesville native, died last week at the age of 66.
“It was hard not to notice it,” Florida head coach Jim McElwain said of the Petty tribute. “I can’t say enough about the fans in The Swamp, and I had some comments from their people afterward: ‘Mac, unbelievable environment.’ It was. I credit our fans that show up and cheer our guys on.
“And then to see that after ‘We Are the Boys,’ and to hear that place in unison — that was, it was special,” McElwain added. “Credit goes to the people who put it together, and more than that, the response then of the fans. And, ultimately, I won’t back down. It kind of hits home, for me.”
The Gators’ tribute to Petty was so cool that UF athletic director Scott Stricklin said Florida would just go ahead and make it a permanent thing. There ain’t no easy way out, now.
Absolutely! 🐊👊🏼🎶 https://t.co/TlT1HVCRki
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) October 8, 2017