Vanderbilt Hosed in Florida #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett

College football on Saturdays is a rich tradition in my family. I grew up watching The Iron Bowl and sided with Auburn just to make my parents’ life harder. My favorite team was the Florida Gators. Steve Spurrier had my heart as a coach. But after not receiving a scholarship from the Gators I found myself in the Swamp as a true freshman ready to light them up.

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This was a game I had marked on my calendar. New Florida coach Urban Meyers did not know, but I had a bullseye on him for not recruiting me. We wanted to get off to a fast start and we did. A Jay Cutler strike to me on the first drive set the tempo for the entire game. We came to the Swamp to win. Not just be the competitive, almost-there Vanderbilt of the past. We were out for Gator bait.

We were in a two-minute drill moving the ball efficiently. During the drive the coaches told us we were going for two if we scored. Another strike from Cutler to me and we knew what was about to happen next. Until….a flag for excessive celebration. But wait, what was so excessive about a simple shoulder lean? What did I just do? Simply put, we got hosed.

We were in position to finish the Gators off. If we would have converted the two point remains unknown. After seeing the touchdown celebrations across college football today, it makes no sense and further more continues to enrage me and all of Vandy fans across America.


Earl B. Bennett

About Earl B. Bennett

Earl B. Bennett is a retired NFL Wide Receiver who played six seasons with the Chicago Bears.