UF RBs Inducted Into Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame

University of Florida Gator Football greats Errict Rhett and Buford Long were inducted into the 2003 Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame. Rhett and Long both had great careers for Florida as running backs, Long during the early 1950's and Rhett during the early 1990's.

In 1952 Buford Long had a 77-yard touchdown run in the final quarter of the Georgia game for a 33-0 Florida victory. In 1993 Errict Rhett set a school with record 41 carries in the Gators 33-26 victory over the Bulldogs. However, both Rhett and Long are remembered for much more than outstanding performances in Florida-Georgia games.

Rhett led the SEC in rushing yards in 1991 with 1,101 and again in 1993 with 1,289. He also caught 153 career passes which is the best in Florida football history for a running back. These 153 catches, along with his tally of 4,163 career rushing yards made him the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to rush for over 4,100 yards and catch 140 or more passes in a career.

Long was a three-year football letterman at Florida who also lettered in track and basketball. He was the last person at Florida to earn three letters in one year. His top performance of 14 touchdowns scored in a season, a mark which he shares with Emmitt Smith, is the most in one season by a Gator football player.

A panel composed of media and sports officials from Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Athens selected two inductees from each school out of a pool of 20 nominees representing the University of Florida and the University of Georgia. The induction ceremony will take place October 31 at noon under the Championship Dreams Tent, outside Alltel Stadium. Fans from both schools are invited to attend, as the ceremony is free and open to the public. This year will mark the eighth anniversary of the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame.



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Errict Rhett

Errict Rhett is from Hollywood, Florida…He was a four-year letterman at UF, 1990-1993, …with 4,163 career rushing yards he is top in UF history and 4th in SEC history…Caught 153 career passes to be the top in UF history for a running back…First player in NCAA Division 1-A history to rush over 4,100 yards and catch 140 or more passes…Named First Team All-American in 1993…First Team All-SEC in 1991 and 1993…In 1993 was a team captain and also received the Ray Graves Award…Led the SEC in rushing yards in 1991 with 1,101 and again in 1993 with 1,289…Along with Emmitt Smith, only UF player to rush 1,000 yards in a season two times…Scored a total of 36 career touchdowns for 216 total points…Rhett was drafted in the second round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1994 where he played through 1997…Named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1994…Played with the Baltimore Ravens for the 1998-99 season…Rhett currently lives in Plantation, Florida.

Buford Long

Buford Long graduated from Lake Wales High School where he lettered in football, baseball, basketball, and track…He received the State of Florida Sports Writer's Award: Best All Around Athlete…he went on to play halfback for the Gators…A three-year letterman for UF, 1950-1952…also lettered in track and basketball…Last person to earn three letters in one year…Scored a career total of 25 touchdowns for 150 points, 13th overall at Florida for touchdowns scored …Long is tied for first, along with Emmitt Smith, having 14 touchdowns in one season (1952)…This record has lasted 50 years. He is in the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame…Went on to a professional career with the New York Giants for three years, was named Giants Rookie of the Year…Long is also a past Director of the University of Florida Gator Boosters…past director of Florida Agri-business Institute…past director of Florida Citrus Mutual…A Bull Gator Charter Member…member of the University of Florida President's Council…director and chairman of the board of First National Bank of Wauchula…Married to wife, Sammie, has four children and four grandchildren…Currently resides in Wauchula, Florida.

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