Florida’s original Mr. Two Bits (George Edmonson) retired in 2008 after leading the traditional cheer at Gator football games for 59 years. Since then, the school has used honorary Mr. Two Bits to fill the void. And on Saturday, the honorary Mr. Two Bits were the players who led Florida to back-to-back men’s basketball championships in 2006 and 2007.
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Those Gators beat UCLA in the 2006 championship game and finished 33-6 after being unranked to start the season. Then the starting five from that team — Taurean Green, Lee Humphrey, Corey Brewer, Al Horford and Joakim Noah — decided to return intact. They were ranked No. 1 the following preseason, started 24-2, beat Ohio State in the title game and finished 35-5.
That’s a two-year record of 68-11.
Brewer, Horford and Noah have gone on to have lengthy NBA careers. But here’s a fun fact: the leading scorer on the 2007 championship team was actually Green — the 6-foot point guard who only appeared in 17 games in his short NBA career after leaving what was, at the time, Billy Donovan’s program.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / LOOK: Joakim Noah and his title-winning Florida teammates play role of Mr. Two Bits