The Gators paid tribute to local legend Tom Petty by playing “I Won’t Back Down” at the end of the third quarter of Saturday’s homecoming game against LSU. The crowd of 88,000-plus sang along as the hit was played over the sound system at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Petty died Oct. 2 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles a day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California. He was 66.
Born and raised in Gainesville, Petty once worked as a groundskeeper at the University of Florida as he tried to make it in the music industry.
Videos of the tribute have gone viral and appeared on television news programs, including “Good Morning America” on Monday.
“It was hard not to notice it,” UF coach Jim McElwain said Monday of the Petty tribute. “To hear that place in unison. It was special.”
Tribute to Tom
Posted by Gatorsports on Saturday, October 7, 2017