Music fans were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Gainesville, Florida, native Tom Petty this week. As a tribute to his passing, the Florida Gators played Petty's song "I Won't Back Down" before the start of the fourth quarter of Saturday's home game against the LSU Tigers.
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The crowd joined together to sing the song. Before Petty was famous, he once worked as a groundskeeper at UF. On UF's website, a statement announcing the plan for the tribute also mentioned that the school might look to adopt playing the song as a new tradition.
-- Meaghan Latella