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Ten Years After
January 17, 2007
Here's what eight other members of Florida's 1996 national championship team are up to today
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January 17, 2007

Ten Years After

Here's what eight other members of Florida's 1996 national championship team are up to today

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JAMES BATES
LB, SR.

A co-captain in '96, Bates went into broadcasting and has worked for ESPN2, OLN and Spike. Last year he joined the new MountainWest Sports Network as a football and basketball play-by-play announcer.

IKE HILLIARD
WR, JR.

Still remembered for his knee-buckling stop-and-go Sugar Bowl TD catch, Hilliard has played 10 seasons in the NFL (eight with the Giants and two with the Bucs), catching 437 passes and scoring 30 touchdowns.

JEVON KEARSE
LB, FR.

Dubbed the Freak because of his rare combination of size, quickness and athletic ability, Kearse has been a devastating pass rusher in eight NFL seasons, reaching three Pro Bowls with the Titans and the Eagles.

TRAVIS MCGRIFF
WR, SOPH.

He caught just five passes in three NFL seasons, but he got plenty of playing time as a stunt double for Mark Wahlberg in the 2006 movie Invincible. McGriff now works as a diamond broker in Gainesville.

JOHNNY RUTLEDGE
LB, SOPH.

He played four seasons with the Cardinals and two with the Broncos before retiring in '04. He has worked for the past two years as a youth pastor at the Living by the Word Family Church in Chandler, Ariz.

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