Question of the Week: What college and pro teams did you follow growing up?
High-school football players and coaches talk about their favorite college and pro teams
Lake Mary Prep coach Buck Gurley played football at the University of Florida but grew up an FSU fan. (Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel)
"My favorite college teams were Florida State and Miami. When I was first born, my dad had me dressed up in FSU gear because he was a big fan. As I got older, I moved away from Florida State and went toward their rival Miami. I liked a lot of the swagger their players had, and they have a lot of good players."
Jerod Fernandez, Lake Mary linebacker
"I grew up an FSU fan, and then I ended up playing for the [Florida] Gators. I grew up in Quincy, and everybody in that area is pretty much an FSU fan. The only pro team I liked growing up was the Denver Broncos when they had [Steve] Atwater and [John] Elway."
Sheddrick "Buck" Gurley, Lake Mary Prep coach
"Florida State. My dad played linebacker there for one year back in the '90s. I also follow the Philadelphia Eagles because I am a Michael Vick fan."
C.J. Jones, Atlantic running back/safety
"When I was a kid, I really didn't watch college football, but the Tampa Bay Bucs were my favorite [pro] team. I liked Tampa because of Mike Alstott. I thought he was the hardest-working, most powerful back in the NFL. Once he retired, I switched to the Patriots. Wes Welker is a huge reason why I currently like the Patriots. He is only like 5-8 and is one of the best receivers in the NFL, meaning you know that he works hard and never gives up."
Chase Kelly, Villages QB-cornerback
"I grew up right behind FSU stadium, so I followed them back then. But I don't follow them anymore. Now I cheer for the college teams that we have kids playing for, like Louisville and West Virginia. I don't follow anyone in the pros. I like college football because it isn't as much a business as the pros are."
Bud O'Hara, East Ridge coach
"I still follow the same teams to this day, Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes. When I started following football, that was Dan Marino's rookie year. Where I lived [Riviera Beach], we got the Dolphins game on TV every Sunday."
Marlin Roberts, Gateway coach
"The Pittsburgh Steelers. I became a fan when I was a small kid in the '70s. My football idol growing up was Jack Lambert. I even had the number 58 when I played for Mainland. Still love the Boys from the 'Burgh!"
Tim Smith, Atlantic coach