Florida football countdown


Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:09 p.m.

37 … The NFL draft selection spot for Cris Collinsworth.

Collinsworth came to Florida as a quarterback and was switched to safety as a freshman. Neither worked out, even though he has the all-time record for the longest touchdown pass in college football history, a 99-yarder to Derrick Gaffney in 1977.

Switched to receiver in 1978, Collinsworth had three straight seasons where he was named All-SEC. He was an All-American in 1980.

He was also the unofficial team spokesman during Florida's brutal 0-10-1 season in 1979.

Despite his speed and production, Collinsworth was ignored in the first round of the 1981 NFL draft. It wasn't until the second round that the Cincinnati Bengals took him.

Collinsworth made that pick pay off with a productive career. In eight seasons, he caught 417 passes for 6,698 yards and 36 touchdown grabs.

Collinsworth was named to the Pro Bowl three times. He is also a member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

After his playing career, Collinsworth started doing a radio show in Cincinnati. He eventually would transition to television where he has been a fixture on NFL games.

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