Following the untimely injury to Florida QB Luke Del Rio, it appears that backup QB Austin Appleby will make his first start for the Gators in front of a rowdy Tennessee crowd at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
And if the former Purdue transfer needed any hints that he was not in Big Ten country anymore, he likely got the one he needed on Sunday.
A Tennessee fan, who surely is worked up because of the Gators’ 11-game winning streak against the Vols, launched a GoFundMe page (UPDATE: The page has since been removed from GoFundMe) to raise money for Appleby’s impending “funeral.”
The premise of his use of the website, which has a legitimate function for fundraising efforts of serious merit, is based on Bob Shoop’s defense delivering a punishing afternoon for the Gators quarterback.
Fair warning: This is somewhat violent and disturbing language. While likely meant in jest, it can be hard to digest.
From the GoFundMe page, which had a stated goal of $3,000 prior to its removal:
First and foremost ladies and gentleman, thank you for taking the time to view this page. September 24th, 2016 is a day that will live in infamy. A young man named Austin Appleby, the back-up quarterback of the Florida Gators, will be pressed into action against the fearful Tennessee Volunteers defensive front-seven lead by head coach, Butch Jones. After a litany of savage, brutal & ferocious hits on the gridiron, our nation will have witnessed its nightmare. A murder on live television.
I could not imagine watching from my living room as my son was brutally murdured. To help his parents deal with the pain, suffering and mental anguish of being Florida fans, I have decided to make this GoFundMe in order to assist the family with the costs of tranportation, embalming & the funeral.
If you could find it in your heart to say a prayer and donate $50 to this cause, I know that maybe we can raise enough money that his parents can forget about him by purchasing a front yard pool.
Help spread the word!
So what’s the call? Fair play in the heated rivalry, or tasteless joke?
One thing we know for sure– $3,000 isn’t going to get Appleby a very nice funeral in 2016.