1 » Former Florida Gators striker Abby Wambach, star of the U.S. Women’s National Team, married her long-time girlfriend and current teammate with the Western New York Flash, Sarah Huffman, over the weekend in Hawaii. “Sarah and I wanted to thank everyone for all the love and support,” Wambach said in a tweet sent Wednesday. “We couldn’t be happier. What an amazing week it’s been. #honeymoon”
2 » Former Florida wide receiver Louis Murphy, currently under contract with the New York Giants, surprised the Lakewood High School football team by donating $5,000 in mid-September to upgrade the players’ helmets. “We knew that he was going to do something, but we didn’t know it was going to be this year,” Necole Tunsil, the associate athletic director at Murphy’s alma mater, told the Tampa Bay Times. The NFL was kind enough to match Murphy’s donation, giving the school even more money to upgrade the team’s football equipment.
3 » Gators freshman forward Savannah Jordan has put together a sensational season already for Florida, scoring 12 goals in her first 13 games, a mark that surpasses even Wambach’s total goals through the same number of contests during her freshman season. Jordan has played so well, in fact, that the USWNT has added her to its under-18 roster for a training camp that takes place from Oct. 13-19 in Lakeland Ranch, FL. She is the only collegiate player invited to participate on the team. Should Jordan take advantage of the opportunity, she would likely miss UF’s game on Oct. 18 at home against Kentucky. The contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., but the USWNT has a scrimmage set for 2 p.m. that day against the under-17 team.
Check out three more Florida Gators news BITS…after the break!
4 » San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald “dodged a bullet,” per head coach Jim Harbaugh, who announced Wednesday that the player narrowly avoided a season-ending injury. McDonald left Sunday’s game early after injuring his right biceps and was feared to be done for the season. Instead, his biceps has been diagnosed as partially torn, and he plans to tough it out for the rest of the year before having offseason surgery. In other NFL news…
Just two days after being released by the Giants, defensive tackle Justin Trattou was picked up off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings. Unless injuries suddenly thrust him into action, Trattou will straddle the border between active and inactive each week and likely only step on the field for special teams snaps if at all.
5 » Former 49ers defensive lineman (and former Gators assistant coach) Bryant Young recently opened up about his decision to step away from coaching and resign from his post at Florida in April. “[Coaching is] definitely something I love to do, and it’s still in me and I want to get back into it. I’m not sure at what level, but it’s certainly something I really enjoy,” he told SFGate.com. “It’s just that the season of life kind of got in the way, and I had to really take a step back and realize what was important. I needed to hit the pause button and catch my breath, and I’ll relaunch at some time.”
6 » Former Gators DE Thaddeus Bullard made quite an impact with the Florida football team and is now doing the same around the world as well-known WWE superstar Titus O’Neil. [He sat down with OnlyGators.com for an interview back in March.] His playing for the Gators gets mentioned often on WWE television, and he has even filmed a couple of vignettes for WWE.com while back in Gainesville, FL, meeting with coaches and touring the facility.
Bullard O’Neil recently got put in an uncomfortable situation when he met up with former Florida head coach Urban Meyer in Columbus, OH. Check out what happened in the Tout below.