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Great Games in Gator History.....No.7

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Topic author: GatorTeeth
Subject: Great Games in Gator History.....No.7
Posted on: 09/14/2012 07:21:02
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A TIGER ROARS

November 16, 1937
Florida 6, Georgia 0


Walter "Tiger" Mayberry was one of the all-time great Florida players. He was the Gators first All-Southeastern Conference choice in 1937, and set records that stood for decades. But it was on the battlefield that he left his mark - and his life.

D.K. Stanley, who coached Mayberry in 1935, said of the Daytona Beach youngster: "Mayberry was the most talented kid I've ever seen. He can pass, run, punt return kicks and carry your team. If he played on a good team, he would have been an All-American."

In 1937, Mayberry led Florida to its first win over Georgia in eight years. He rushed for 83 yards, and on defense he batted down six passes. He also kept the Bulldogs deep at their end of the field with punts that went out of bounds at the 5, 8, 14 and 16 yard lines.

Though he was drafted by the Cleveland Rams of the NFL, Mayberry instead became a Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II. He was credited with four kills over the Philippines before being shot down on August 4, 1943. He was captured a week later and was eventually executed in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.

Mayberry's picture hangs with special honor on the "Wall-of-Fame" in the Reitz Union on the campus of the University of Florida.

Tomorrow......"Fergie" 14, University of Miami 0

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Reply author: Domer
Replied on: 09/14/2012 07:40:58
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Looking at the 1937 season, this was a big upset and a big win for Florida. I appreciate the story about Mayberry most, though. Not being a Florida follower, I wasn't aware of his story. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.


Reply author: VOL^
Replied on: 09/14/2012 09:47:33
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quote:
Originally posted by GatorTeeth

A TIGER ROARS

November 16, 1937
Florida 6, Georgia 0


Walter "Tiger" Mayberry was one of the all-time great Florida players. He was the Gators first All-Southeastern Conference choice in 1937, and set records that stood for decades. But it was on the battlefield that he left his mark - and his life.

D.K. Stanley, who coached Mayberry in 1935, said of the Daytona Beach youngster: "Mayberry was the most talented kid I've ever seen. He can pass, run, punt return kicks and carry your team. If he played on a good team, he would have been an All-American."

In 1937, Mayberry led Florida to its first win over Georgia in eight years. He rushed for 83 yards, and on defense he batted down six passes. He also kept the Bulldogs deep at their end of the field with punts that went out of bounds at the 5, 8, 14 and 16 yard lines.

Though he was drafted by the Cleveland Rams of the NFL, Mayberry instead became a Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II. He was credited with four kills over the Philippines before being shot down on August 4, 1943. He was captured a week later and was eventually executed in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.

Mayberry's picture hangs with special honor on the "Wall-of-Fame" in the Reitz Union on the campus of the University of Florida.

Tomorrow......"Fergie" 14, University of Miami 0



Great Story!

My dad was with the 6th Army in the Philippines. What the Japanese did to our prisoners was barbaric.

My dad actually gave aid to the men from Cabanatuan after the Rangers had rescued them. He said they were the skinniest men he'd ever seen. They would have no doubt met the same end as Mr. Mayberry.

Stories like this help us keep in context that this is, after all, just a silly little game.


Reply author: GatorTeeth
Replied on: 09/14/2012 10:45:23
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quote:
Originally posted by VOL^

quote:
Originally posted by GatorTeeth

A TIGER ROARS

November 16, 1937
Florida 6, Georgia 0


Walter "Tiger" Mayberry was one of the all-time great Florida players. He was the Gators first All-Southeastern Conference choice in 1937, and set records that stood for decades. But it was on the battlefield that he left his mark - and his life.

D.K. Stanley, who coached Mayberry in 1935, said of the Daytona Beach youngster: "Mayberry was the most talented kid I've ever seen. He can pass, run, punt return kicks and carry your team. If he played on a good team, he would have been an All-American."

In 1937, Mayberry led Florida to its first win over Georgia in eight years. He rushed for 83 yards, and on defense he batted down six passes. He also kept the Bulldogs deep at their end of the field with punts that went out of bounds at the 5, 8, 14 and 16 yard lines.

Though he was drafted by the Cleveland Rams of the NFL, Mayberry instead became a Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II. He was credited with four kills over the Philippines before being shot down on August 4, 1943. He was captured a week later and was eventually executed in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.

Mayberry's picture hangs with special honor on the "Wall-of-Fame" in the Reitz Union on the campus of the University of Florida.

Tomorrow......"Fergie" 14, University of Miami 0



Great Story!

My dad was with the 6th Army in the Philippines. What the Japanese did to our prisoners was barbaric.

My dad actually gave aid to the men from Cabanatuan after the Rangers had rescued them. He said they were the skinniest men he'd ever seen. They would have no doubt met the same end as Mr. Mayberry.

Stories like this help us keep in context that this is, after all, just a silly little game.



Agreed...And sometimes younger generations tend to forget, it's men like Mayberry, your Dad and mine that are the reason we can still play that silly little game......We must always make certain those guys and thousands of others like them, are always remembered.


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