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My favorite thing about September is the start of college football. I’m all about the Gators. Florida Gators football time means pulling out my orange and blue wardrobe. Truth be told, I would not wear orange and blue together if I were not a huge Gator fan. It’s in my blood. Even my Gator chomp is on point.
Whenever I see another Gator fan, clearly identifiable by some Gator apparel, I can’t help but say, “Go Gators.” My favorite Gator ad campaign was Go Gators… Gator Nation is Everywhere.
Gator Family & Friends
Our family has 13 Gator grads representing three generations. My uncle was the first to attend UF in the 40s when it was an all-boys school. He is a first-generational college student and worked his way through, graduating with a degree in Design & Architecture. To this day, a $2000.00 scholarship is in his name – the F. Louis Wolff Scholarship.
My three sisters and I went to UF, all influenced by our uncle. We grew up in South Florida, and my parents gave us a choice of colleges to attend… all in Florida. I wanted to go out of state. But three of us were in college simultaneously; it was too expensive. I loved my time at UF. To this day, I meet up with several of my sorority sisters for a football game and a weekend of reminiscing and having fun. Missing out the last years was tough. We’ve already booked a house and bought our tickets for the November game.
My Daughters Are Gator Grads Too
When it came time for my daughters to apply to college, both had UF as their first choice. Naturally, I was ecstatic when both were accepted. My older daughter got her degree in Business Marketing in 2014. Her sister graduated with a degree in Advertising in 2019. I share plenty of advice for parents of college students. We all loved our years in Gainesville and continue our support as alumnae. I am a Lifetime Member of the UF Alumni Association, and my daughters are annual members. Staying involved with UF is one of my many bonds with my family.
Meeting A Gator Great
So you know I love Gator football. My years were filled with more losses than wins but the championship years were amazing. Watching them win the National Championships in 2006 and 2008, one year under Tim Tebow, reinforced my being a huge Gator fan.
Funny story. My daughters and I went on a mother-daughter trip to NYC in 2011. The games had been canceled due to a player lockout. We were sitting a block from Herald Square when my 18-year-old daughter saw on social media that Tim Tebow was at Macy’s Herald Square for Jockey. I was on the phone and immediately ended the call. I dragged my daughters in a sprint to get to Macy’s, and we met Tim Tebow.
Talk about fangirling.
Gator Fan Attire
As I said at the beginning, I have a smallish collection of orange and blue. Some are just the colors, but some are Gator merchandise. I think the best in authentic college clothing, accessories, and fan gear is Fanatics. They carry brands such as Jordan Gear, Vineyard Vines, Stance, Columbia, Dooney & Bourke, Tommy Bahama, Vera Bradley, Orca, Southern Tide, College Row One Shoes, Johnnie-O Clothing, and Peter Millar Clothing.
Of course, I must add my game day orange and blue earrings, and my Gator face tattoos! A new addition is my gator bracelet which I custom-made on Little Words Project. Complete the look with fan footwear as if there is a question of who the most real fan is.
It is never too early to start putting together your fan attire. Great Gator outfits are easy to put together at the following shops, whether for yourself or the Gator fans in your life.
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