44 Days to Gator Football – #44 James Bates (’92-’96)

44 – James Bates, LB (1992-96)

James Bates played on four SEC championship teams under Steve Spurrier and was the defensive leader of the Florida Gators 1996 National Championship squad. It is also purported that James had planned on being a manager for offensive lineman Zach Piller. James is known to be a funny guy, and is remembered by many for his Jeff Foxworthy impression as he mocked Peyton Manning for going winless against the mighty Gators.


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