Chris Franklin give his take on Kassidy Hill’s inspiring Jake MacGee story; published on GatorCountry.com
Florida Gators tight end Jake McGee (83) takes part in a celebration with teammates after Florida running back Matt Jones’ 40 yard touchdown run against Eastern Michigan; Sep 6, 2014; Gainesville, Fla, USA. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
(C+P) — The website GatorCountry.com posted an article April 3 chronicling the comeback of University of Florida tight end Jake McGee. McGee, a transfer from Virginia, was supposed to be a big part of the Gator offense. However, during the first game of the 2014 season, he broke his tibia and his fibula. He decided he wanted try to play in the NCAA for one more year and had to petition the NCAA for one more year of eligibility. In a rare move, the collegiate association approved his request. Entering a sixth-year player, McGee is now by far the oldest tight end of the group. Below is an excerpt from the article written by Kassidy Hill: (Follow her on Twitter@KassidyGHill)
“I think they did it on purpose the way they set it up with the other tight ends here. I’ve got like six other freshmen here. They got me feeling a little older. They’re just getting out of high school, and I’m over here on my second degree. They are talking about mandatory classes, and I’m just laughing. It’s the same stuff I worried about, five years ago, six years ago… I don’t want to say dad because then that makes me feel old, I like to say I’m like an older brother; makes me feel a little younger.”
It is a very positive thing that McGee will get to continue his college career for another season. He can and will be one of the most significant contributors on the Gators. Many people underestimate the power of leadership in the locker room. As mentioned in the article, with so many freshmen entering at tight end, the fact that McGee will be there to help them transition to college life will be crucial. He knows what it is like to play FBS football. He is an example of perseverance and dedication, traits needed to be successful in football. He can also be a good example in the classroom, a place where McGee is about to obtain his second degree.
There are many great stories in college football, some that have been told; others are undiscovered. The story about the comeback of Jake McGee is one that sheds a good light on college football.