Former Florida football player Larry Libertore died on Monday after a brief illness, according to The Lakeland Ledger. He was 78.

Libertore, who stood 5-foot-8 and weighed less than 140 pounds, played quarterback and defensive back during his career with the Gators from 1960-62.

One of Libertore’s signature moments at Florida was the 1960 Gator Bowl. Playing quarterback as a sophomore, Libertore led the Gators to a 13-12 win over Baylor, earning MVP honors.

Libertore also helped Florida earn the first nine-win season in program history in 1960 under first-year coach Ray Graves.

After Libertore started his career as a quarterback, he later converted to defensive back. He played his final game in 1962 when the Gators beat Penn State in the 1962 Gator Bowl.

Libertore was inducted into the University of Florida Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.

After his career at Florida, Libertore went on to have careers in business and politics. He owned a real estate company, served as a Polk County Commissioner and later served in the Florida Legislature.

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