The 2015-16 NFL season concluded on Sunday with three players with ties to the Florida Gators on teams competing for the league championship in Super Bowl 50.
The Gators-filled Denver Broncos ultimately defeated the Florida player-deficient Carolina Panthers 24-10 to win the Super Bowl, bringing three more rings to Gainesville, Florida, from the fingers of wide receiver Andre Caldwell, offensive lineman Max Garcia and linebacker Lerentee McCray.
With those three on Denver’s roster, a former Florida player was on a Super Bowl team for the 14th consecutive season. The Broncos’ victory ensured that a former Gators player won a ring for the fifth straight year and seventh time in the last eight seasons. Overall, UF has 28 Super Bowl rings won by 18 different players over 20 Super Bowls.
All three of Caldwell, Garcia and McCray played in Sunday’s game.
Caldwell hauled in a reception early in the first quarter, taking his only target of the game 22 yards. He wound up as the Broncos’ second-leading receiver on the evening but also brought back two kick returns for 42 yards with a long of 24.
Like Caldwell, Garcia and McCray saw action as reserves with McCray not recording a statistic in the game.
Other Florida-related notes from the game: Former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning won his second Super Bowl but has still not defeated the Gators. Ex-UF QB Cam Newton, who wound up winning a national title at Auburn, was on the losing side of the contest.