JACKSONVILLE, Fla. His teammates and coaches were dressed and already on the team buses, burdened by a fourth consecutive loss.
John Brantley limped slowly down a corridor deep inside EverBank Field in their direction. The protective boot that has been his right foot's constant companion for a month was back on.
Brantley had shed it for four hours Saturday for a game that's in his blood. He grew up attending and watching the Florida-Georgia game as a diehard Gator fan. After all those years dreaming about playing in the game one day, there was no way Brantley was going to miss his final one as a member of the Gators.
Fresh off finishing his post-game press conference Saturday night, Brantley hobbled past a golf cart. The security guard resting on the cart asked a Gators football official Dan Apple if Brantley wanted a ride.
"He toughed it out for four hours," Apple said, "I think he'll be OK to make it to the bus."
As Florida's season dipped to its deepest low on Saturday a 4...