Ackerman Joins UFI

<B>UFI continues to grow</B>... the lastest addition is <B>Brady Ackerman</B>, a former Gator player. Ackerman will mainly cover Gator football & basketball for UFI, including practice reports, special features, and breaking news regarding Florida athletics, etc.

Former Gator running back and popular sports talk show host Brady "The Ack" Ackerman is bringing his considerable insider perspective to (, which covers University of Florida athletics for network.

Ackerman joins a star-studded lineup that includes nationally renowned recruiting expert Jamie Newberg and others.

"Brady is a great addition to UFI," Newberg said. "He played the game and knows football so well. Brady will bring some insight that not many people could bring. We are very excited to have him a part of our team and cover Gator football, as well as other sports. This is a very big step for this site. We are all very excited about the future."

Ackerman played for Florida from 1987 to 1991, the last two seasons under Steve Spurrier, and was a member of the Gators' first official SEC championship team in 1991. He also was a graduate assistant/quality control with the 1993 Florida team that won the SEC and defeated West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl.

After stints as running back coach at Valdosta State and Jacksonville State, Ackerman worked as a talk show host on 930 WFXI in Jacksonville, Fla. Ackerman presently co-hosts "The Sports Zone," Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., on 900 WMOP and 1230 WGGG in the Gainesville-Ocala area. He also appears on the Sunshine Network's College Kickoff preview show, which airs Saturdays, 10 a.m., August through January.

"I am excited to enter this venture with Jaime and look forward to partnering up with them," Ackerman said. "Each of our backgrounds will complement each other to give our site the best and most in-depth coverage of Gator athletics.

"I believe that the interest in the University of Florida is at an all-time high as far as interest level and success. Gators fans are unique in that they have a 365-day passion for their university. Our goal is to provide interesting perspective that no other site can offer with regards to recruiting, ex player insight and members of the Gator family."

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