With the real Mr. Two Bits now retired, Florida has turned to celebrity alumni to carry on in his stead. The program’s all-time leading rusher, Errict Rhett, absolutely knocked it out of the park when Toledo headed down to Gainesville for the Gators’ season-opener. Now it is his former teammate’s turn: Former Heisman-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel.
There’s a problem, however. Wuerffel’s not quite sure he is up to the performance Rhett opened up the celebrity Mr. Two Bits series with.
“It was both inspiring and intimidating,” Wuerffel said this week from his home in Atlanta. “I never had the enthusiasm or athleticism of Errict Rhett. I don’t even know if I should try to match it. So I guess I’m going to have to do it my own way or drink two or three Red Bulls before I go out there.”
The entire student section will have been drinking plenty of Red Bull, too – only with something a little extra in it. We’re pretty sure a school hero is going to perform just fine.
Somebody should actually make sure he knows that – Wuerffel seems pretty tense.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this kind of a pressure in the ‘Swamp,’ ” he said.
He certainly never felt it against the Volunteers in the mid-’90s. During his four-year career from 1993-1996, the national champion and soon-to-be College Football Hall of Famer never once lost to Rocky Top. In fact, he outperformed Peyton Manning for a few of those victories.
In those games, Wuerffel passes for 767 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. That’s great and all, but now he’s got to pump up the crowd in a very different way.
Can he pull it off the way Rhett did?
[H/T: Alligator Army]