Urban was a legend at UF

Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 10:37 p.m.

Urban Meyer did more than win games and collect crystal trophies at the University of Florida.

He changed the culture.

From the Gator Walk to the Champions Dinners to the Lettermen's Luncheons, Meyer reached out to both the past and present of Florida football.

Meyer brought new traditions to Florida and restored the swagger the program enjoyed in the 1990s by embracing what Steve Spurrier had built and adding to it. He was a creature of habit and superstition, a complex man with a simple plan.

Play defense. Excel at special teams. Don't turn the ball over. Win the red zone battles.

Over six seasons, Meyer's Gator teams won 64 games and lost only 15, five of those losses coming in his final season at UF. His teams played in three BCS bowl games and three SEC title games. His most decorated player — Tim Tebow — won the school's third Heisman.

In his own way, he was an Urban legend.

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