Carter's Corner: A Gator Chomping Albert Bobblehead
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — There will be a lot of Gator Chomps on display Saturday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.
Florida fans will do it in honor of their beloved Gators. Georgia fans will do it to mock the Gators.
Either way, the Gator Chomp is an instantly recognized tradition in college sports.
When the SEC Network launched in August 2014, the network featured the history of the Gator Chomp. Former UF pep band members Monty Musgrave and Rob Hyatt created the version of the Gator Chomp that we know today.
“It did just take off like wildfire,” Hyatt said.
Here is the backstory from a blog I wrote then:
The story goes that in 1981 when Hyatt and Musgrave were at a Florida football game against Mississippi State in Jackson, Miss., the Gator Chomp was born.
Hyatt was director of the Gators pep band at the time and noticed Mississippi’s tuba section playing the theme to “Jaws” and the school’s cheerleaders making a rhythmic motion with their arms.
He turned to Musgrave and said, “we need to do this.” Musgrave agreed.
When they got back to Gainesville, plans were set in motion to create a new song and cheer. What they originally called “Gator Jaws” was performed for the