GAINESVILLE, Fla. The game has been a part of Ray McDonalds story from the very beginning.
Born in the wee morning hours of Sept. 2, 1984, the sounds of football could be heard almost right up to McDonalds birth.
His father, Ray McDonald Sr., was a standout receiver for the Gators at the time. Florida opened the 1984 season a few hours earlier on the night of Sept. 1 against Miami at old Tampa Stadium.
As LaBrina McDonalds body continuously reminded her that it was about time, the Florida-Miami game was on the radio in a Pahokee hospital.
The doctor who was birthing him was a big-time Gator fan, Ray McDonald Sr. recalled this week. He was actually listening to the game while she was in the delivery room.
Soon after the Gators returned to Gainesville after a 32-20 loss to the Hurricanes, Ray McDonald Sr.s mood took a turn for the better. LaBrina had given birth to Ray Jr., the couples first son.
That son, who like father played for the Gators, will play in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday...