'Great Floridians' with local connections


Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE -- The number of "Great Floridians" just got larger.

Gov. Rick Scott bestowed the honor on 21 individuals with connections to the Sunshine State on Wednesday -- and several of them have ties to Gainesville.

Scott had already dubbed University of Florida football great Tim Tebow with the designation in the past two weeks.

Also part of the 2013 class named on Wednesday are the late UF professor Robert Cade, the inventor of Gatorade; former UF and NFL football star Emmitt Smith and former UF Heisman Trophy winner and coach Steve Spurrier.

A committee comprised of the governor, the Cabinet, the Senate president and House speaker nominate the candidates, with the secretary of state making the final selection.

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