It has become a tradition of the Florida Gators football team to walk over to the band section after the final whistle to sing the university’s alma mater with the band. But when Florida suffered an embarrassing 33-23 loss to Louisville in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, most of the players bolted for the locker room.
In fact, all but one player left the field following the loss. The lone player remaining was junior linebacker Darrin Kitchens.
Kitchens went over to the band section, removed his helmet and held it high in the air, proud to be a Florida Gator. He was the only player singing the alma mater after the game but that didn’t stop him from singing his final fight song of the season.
Kitchens did not play in the game, but his pride for the school was unmatched.
Here is an image of Kitchens singing alone following the Sugar Bowl loss:
It was a great gesture by Kitchens and a move that likely meant a lot to the band members. Win or lose, you cannot question Kitchens school pride. It’s a shame that his teammates did not join him in the celebration of their university.