Tim Tebow was slowed down by the Buffalo Bills over the weekend, but that didn't stop multiple former Florida players from having success for their NFL teams. There were 28 former Gators active in the NFL during week 16, while 16 of those players also got the start. Jabar Gaffney, Percy Harvin, Rex Grossman and Tebow all scored touchdowns.
Two former Florida
players helped the Cincinnati Bengals
to a win over Arizona. Reggie Nelson
started at free safety and led the team with six tackles, while adding a sack and an interception. Carlos Dunlap
had one sack and three quarterback hurries off the edge. The Bengals will make the playoffs with a win this weekend over Baltimore.
Tim Tebow was slowed by the Buffalo defense. The quarterback went 13-for-30 through the air for 185 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Tebow also ran for 34 yards and one touchdown. Marcus Thomas started at defensive tackle for the Broncos and recorded three tackles.
Rex Grossman threw for 284 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for the Washington Redskins. One of his touchdowns went to Jabar Gaffney, who had six catches for 77 yards. Undrafted rookie Maurice Hurt started at left guard for the Redskins.
Jeremy Mincey continued to play well for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He started at defensive end and made two tackles, an interception and recorded two quarterback hurries.
Percy Harvin continued to give the Minnesota Vikings a boost in multiple ways. Harvin started at wide receiver and caught five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. He ran the ball four times for 39 yards and added 47 yards on three kickoff returns.
Major Wright started at free safety and led the Chicago Bears with seven tackles in a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Ray McDonald started at defensive tackle and made seven tackles and recorded a sack in a San Francisco 49ers win.
The Philadelphia Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention despite beating the Dallas Cowboys, but Riley Cooper had one catch for 28 yards. Punter Chas Henry averaged 42.6 yards on six punts with a long of 56.
Lito Sheppard led the Oakland Raiders with seven tackles. Jarvis Moss added one quarterback hurry. Cooper Carlisle started at right guard, making the 116th start of his career.
Aaron Hernandez started at tight end and made four receptions for 36 yards in a win for the New England Patriots. Gerard Warren added one tackle. Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Spikes were inactive.
Joe Haden started at cornerback, making two tackles and defended two passes.
David Nelson started at wide receiver and had three catches for 41 yards. Andra Davis made one tackle.
Mike Peterson started at outside linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons and had four tackles.
Ahmad Black was active for the third time in his career and had two tackles.
The success of former Florida offensive linemen continued over the weekend as Mike Pouncey started at center for the 15th straight game to start his career.
In Pittsburgh, Marcus Gilbert played but didn't start. Max Starks started at left tackle, recording the 79th start of his career. Maurkice Pouncey was inactive because of injury.