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Florida bling: Gators get national championship rings

9/9/2006 - Florida Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida men's basketball team
received its national championship rings Saturday in front of about
90,000 screaming fans, including former players Mike Miller, David
Lee and Dwayne Schintzius.

A short highlight video played on two big replay screens before
athletic director Jeremy Foley presented players with the jewelry,
featuring an orange basketball falling through a blue net.

Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer, Al Horford and others slipped on the
rings, danced a bit, then walked off Florida Field before the
football team played Central Florida.

"It's exciting, in front of so many people, so many Gator fans
that really appreciate what you do on the floor," guard Lee
Humphrey said. "It's fun to get out there and hear their applause.
I don't think it can get much bigger than this."

About 75 former players, coaches, family members and recruits
attended the ceremony. Coach Billy Donovan held a cookout and
played pickup games before the event.

"It was exciting because a lot of the alumni and past players
came back, showing us a lot of love, and we like it," forward
Chris Richard said. "I don't think we ever realized how many
people were supporting us as far as alumni and ex-basketball
players until today. It was great."