Florida welcomed back a former star to the program earlier this month.
Former Gators defensive lineman Reggie McGrew is back in Gainesville, Fla., as part of the program’s strength and conditioning staff. McGrew never had aspirations to move back to California, where he and his family lived after his NFL career ended, and hadn’t planned on becoming a coach. But returning to the game as a member of Jim McElwain’s staff was just too enticing for McGrew to pass up.
“He’s just an all-time great who wanted to get back involved and we’re excited to give him that opportunity. That’s really important to us,” McElwain told Scott Carter. “He’ll be a big part of what we’re doing.”
McGrew was a dominant defender along Florida’s defensive line. He recorded five sacks during his junior season and helped the Gators win the 1996 national championship. He bypassed his senior season to go pro and was selected 24th overall by the San Francisco 49ers. His NFL career was limited due to injury, and he only played 24 games.