We are finally getting the Netflix Florida Gators doc we deserve

Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer before failing in the NFL

It’s finally here. Well, it’s at least on the way — reportedly.

While there hasn’t been anything official from Netflix, multiple online publications are convinced that the streaming company will be releasing a documentary on the 2006-2009 Gators — which featured Urban Meyer, Cam Newton, Aaron Hernandez, and Tim Tebow to name a few — called “Swamp Things” in the coming months. According to AL.com, longtime college football enthusiast, author, and personality Paul Finebaum hinted at the project last year. There’s also an Instagram post from former Florida linebacker Brandon Siler that all but confirms it.

It’s believed that the series “Untold” will be the home for the deep dive into the Gators. In case you forgot, the most well-known piece of that series was on former Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o — which the old version of this site was at the center of. Well, Deadspin is kind in this, again, as this site did a story on that era of the Florida Gators in 2020 in a collection of stories that focused on some of the most-loaded campuses in college sports history.

“Titletown is what they called it,” former Gators hoops star Chris Richard told Deadspin back in 2020 about his days in Gainesville, as he was there when the football team won a national championship while the men’s basketball team was capping off a back-to-back national title run of its own.

Big-name players at UF including Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin

Riley Cooper, Louis Murphy, Percy Harvin, and the Pouncey Twins joined Hernandez, Meyer, Tebow, and Newton as they were all on the football team at one time or another during the years the documentary will cover. And those are just some of the well-known/controversial members of the team. That squad also featured future NFL draft picks like Brandon Spikes, Carlos Dunlap, and Joe Haden, while guys like Dan Mullen and Charlie Strong were assistant coaches.

“That locker room had so much talent and so many different personalities,” former Gator back Chris Rainey told Deadspin. 2007 served as Rainey’s freshman year, as he was a member of the football and track team. “It was so much fun, and we all became a family and were on the same page.

“But it is weird that when people talk about the Florida Gators and all the players that got in trouble, it does make you think, ‘Damn, we had that many people go to jail or get in trouble?’ But, that’s why I say it was a savage team.”

A lot of drama besides the championships

In case you forgot, Meyer was the head coach who eventually lost his job at Ohio State for being a liar who protected serial domestic abusers. Tebow is, well, Tebow. Newton had to transfer after he got arrested for stealing a laptop. Cooper is infamous for using slurs against Black people. Hernandez turned out to be a convicted killer. Murphy and Harvin have had multiple off-the-field issues. And the Pouncey Twins were never considered angels.

As you can see, outside of the two national titles the team won in three seasons, in 2006 and 2008, there’s a lot to unpack. However, it will be interesting to see if the documentary also touches on the other stars that were on campus during that era. On the basketball team, Billy Donovan was coaching eight future NBA players Taurean Green, Al Horford, Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah, Marreese Speights, Nick Calathes, Chandler Parsons, and Richard. Habitual liar Ryan Lochte was on the swim team. Billy Horschel was playing golf. Matt LaPorta was playing baseball before he headed to the major leagues, and apparently, Internet sensation/famous gambler Dan Bilzerian even took a few classes that year. ESPN’s Laura Rutledge was also on campus.

“We all went to the same clubs and ate together,” Rainey added. “And that time was the last time all the athletes did that. It’s just not the same anymore.”

Three years ago, Deadspin hoped that a documentary about that era would be called, “The Swamp.” We were close. “They need to do one on us, but people are scared. After the Aaron Hernandez documentary, no way.” Rainey admitted. It looks like people aren’t afraid anymore.

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Welcome to New Jersey, Aaron

Being escorted through the New York Jets practice complex, newly anointed quarterback Aaron Rodgers couldn’t help, but notice the solitary Super Bowl III trophy preserved since Namath’s guarantee 54 years ago.

“I noticed walking in this morning that the Super Bowl III trophy is looking a little lonely,” Rodgers noted during his introductory press conference.

It wasn’t as brash as Namath’s chest-puffing declaration, but for a franchise that’s carried the odor of defeat since before the turn of the millennium, that sort of wink-and-a-nod observation will do. Jets Nation is thirsting for a morsel of hope. Rodgers is the biggest acquisition since Tim Tebow was celebrated on the front page of New York tabloids over a decade ago.

Brett Favre said the right things before his only season as a Jet. Rodgers is a borderline Favre cover band. The best time to be a Jets fan is typically the off-season. The worst time is in January. Gang Green Nation hasn’t felt the NFL postseason’s interior since 2010, the longest drought of any franchise in all four major American professional sports.

In terms of momentous off-season occasions, Rodgers’ debut leads the field. Every quarterback has a positive outlook on 1st-and-10. Rodgers is getting paid to bring a Lombardi Trophy to town. The real test of Rodgers will occur when he gets to take the field as a Jet in a meaningful game for the first time,

The Jets were prudent enough to keep his introductory press conference short. New York media is hazardous to Rodgers’ well-being. For a struggling quarterback, the city can be a cage. For victors, the world is their oyster.

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Afterward, Rodgers spoke to SNY’s Jeane Coakley and doubled down by peering into the camera and sending the same message to the fanbase.

“I’m as hungry as you guys are. I know it’s been a long time since we’ve been in the playoffs and even longer since we’ve been in the Super Bowl, but I promise you I’m as hungry as you guys,” Rodgers declared.

If anything, he knows how to throw a hungry dog a bone. Throughout his introductory presser, Rodgers carried himself like a man driving a new car around. Just wait until he finds out the lingering issues, discovers that Joe Douglas isn’t a brilliant talent evaluator, and that his offensive line is a mesh cover.

With any luck, this will be the last time we hear from him in a long time. “Show don’t tell” should be his prime mandate this offseason.

The boilerplate quotes he rattled off the introductory press conference assembly line is meaningless. Actions speak louder.