For almost six decades, Tampa's George Edmonston was the heart and soul of Gator Nation. He's the long time mascot fans called "Mr. Two Bits."
Wearing his signature yellow shirt and Gator blue and orange tie, George revved-up the Gator faithful: "Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar. All for the Gators; stand-up and holler!"
Now, after nearly six long years since Mr. Two Bits retired, his cheer is coming back. The Gators announced this week a former marquee player will lead the Mr. Two Bits cheer at every home game.
"I think it's great," George offered. "Nobody will ever replace me. There will never be another Mr. Two Bits, per se. But somebody will do something."
Yes, Mr. Two Bits is irreplaceable. He's 91 now and slowing down. He doubts he'll make it to Gainesville for a game this year but is proud the tradition he started will go on.
"That tells me that I've been a pretty good guy, and they want to honor me," he said. "Keeps my legacy going."
Since George retired as "Mr. Two bits," 'Albert' the Gator mascot took over the duty but it just wasn't the same.
Former running back Errict Rhett is the first celebrity player to play the human role of Mr. Two Bits at Saturday's game. And, yes, he'll be wearing the signature yellow shirt and Gator tie.
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