Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Conference Rd.

By Adam Silverstein
January 22, 2012

With the 2011 regular season in the books, four former Florida Gators participated in conference championship action during the third round of the 2011-12 NFL Playoffs on Sunday.

A total of six former Florida players were on the rosters of three of four teams that participated in this round, but one was inactive and another was forced to sit out due to injury. OGGOA has checked and re-checked the box scores to bring you a summary of what these Gators accomplished Sunday.

Super Bowl XLVI will be the 10th consecutive NFL championship game to feature a former Florida player. No matter which team wins on Sunday, Feb. 5, the Gators will have a former player earn a Super Bowl ring for the third time in the last four seasons.

LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots^: Nine tackles [team-high] (two solo), interception (19-yard return), pass defense

(Thanks to ThrowTheFlagBlog for capping the above video for us.)

TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots^: Seven receptions [team-high] for 66 yards (targets: 11, long: 17); three carries for nine yards
DT GERARD WARREN, New England Patriots^: Three tackles
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Five tackles (four solo, one for loss), 2.5 sacks [team-high], two QB hits, forced fumble

LB JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots^: Hamstring (season)
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU*, New York Giants^: Inactive

– Spikes also did this during the game:

^ Team advanced to Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis, IN.
* Rookie

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  1. John S. says:

    Minus the central American soccer flop Spikes was all over the field. I hate the patriots but with so many gators it’s hard to root against them.

    • SC Gator says:

      How he failed to get MVP baffles me. Spikes is a beast and drafting him was one of the best decisions I’ve seen the Patriots make.

      Not a fan of theirs but if nothing else the Giants winning means it’s that much easier to pull for the Patriots.

  2. cline says:

    Sure miss that guy. Shell Town!

  3. alex says:

    Spikes is a beast.

    He was all over the field. I think it is safe to say that the NE defense is better with Spikes on the field.

  4. obgator says:

    I think Ray McDonald deserves co-player of the week honors. He played lights out and was a force in the pass rush. He collapsed the pocket several times and was a major factor.

    • There were a few deciding factors.

      1) Spikes’s team won, McDonald’s didn’t.
      2) Spikes’s INT came in the fourth quarter while Baltimore was driving for another score. McDonald’s sacks, while all important, did not come in 4Q or OT.

      McDonald played great but those things separated the two.

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