Two former Gators rejoin Florida football program as assistants

By Adam Silverstein
June 5, 2016
Two former Gators rejoin Florida football program as assistants
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It’s not unusual for former Florida Gators football players to be seen around Gainesville, Florida, and more specifically inside the football facility. Some are just visiting while others work as student assistants, graduate assistants, weight room coordinators and even assistant coaches over the years.

The Gators have added two former Florida football defensive linemen to the team’s coaching roster this offseason, bringing in Reggie McGrew and William Green over the last month.

McGrew, who recently spent a year in Gainesville taking classes to finish his degree, has been hired as a member of the Gators’ strength and conditioning staff.

The 39-year-old played at Florida from 1995-98 and was the No. 24 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft but sat out his entire rookie year before playing in 24 games over his next three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He ultimately retired a few years later after short stints with a couple other teams.

“He’s just an all-time great who wanted to get back involved and we’re excited to give him that opportunity. That’s really important to us,” McElwain said in a program announcement. “He’ll be a big part of what we’re doing.”

On Friday, the Gators announced that Green (2008-11) has been added to the coaching staff as a defensive graduate assistant.

Undrafted out of Florida in 2011, Green never played in the NFL and had a short stint in the Arena Football League.

“I decided to give [coaching] a shot and I ended up liking it and made a career of it,” he said in a program release. “It’s just me learning and helping guys develop and get better.”

McGrew (1996) and Green (2008) were both members of national title teams with the Gators, which certainly helps McElwain in terms of experience as he looks to build Florida back into a championship-level program.

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