Being Florida’s new starting quarterback, March 17 is a crucial date for John Brantley. That’s the day spring football practice begins and he officially takes over for Tim Tebow.
But there is a bigger, more important date looming before then. March 10. That’s the day Brantley’s father, former UF quarterback John Brantley, will undergo surgery for prostate cancer.
“It’s going to be a tough day, a really tough day,” Brantley said Friday. “But stuff happens. He should be fine.”
Brantley said that his dad is doing well and is in excellent spirits.
“He’s doing good, same old self,” Brantley said. “He’s fine. He’s doesn’t really care. He’s all good.”
Brantley is very close to his father, who taught him how to throw a football when he was 4.
“We’ve got a very close relationship, so it’s been tough,” Brantley said. “We’re extremely close. I go down there (to Ocala) as much as I can and I talk to him all the time. He calls me all the time. Sometimes I wonder why he’s calling, but he wants to make sure I’m OK. He’s worried about me.”
Brantley said he’s getting strong support from his family as he tries to keep his focus getting ready for the start of spring football.
“They say don’t worry about it, just focus on what’s going on now,” Brantley said. “We’ll figure out the other stuff when it comes down the road. They keep trying to stress to me it’s going to be fine, it’s going to be fine, which it will be. I’m just taking it day by day.”