The University of Florida football program has a strong presence in the NFL with 41 former Gator players in the league. Former Florida offensive lineman Max Garcia still sports the Orange and Blue, but now in a different shade for the Denver Broncos.
Garcia was drafted in the 2015 NFL draft and was selected by the Broncos in the fourth round as the 133rd overall pick.
At Florida he transitioned to the center position before his redshirt senior season and started every game at the position. He also earned second team All-SEC honors for that season.
The offensive lineman, now in his second year of the NFL, was on the Super Bowl championship team in 2016 and has seen action at the guard sports as well as special teams by starting five contests and three postseason games for the Broncos in 2015.
Sunday the Denver Broncos came to Jacksonville and defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars at Everbank field 20-10 and Garcia was happy for this win at the home stretch of the football season.
On top of winning, Garcia likes coming to Jacksonville being that it’s roughly an hour and a half from the University of Florida’s campus in Gainesville and friends as well as fans from UF coming to see him is always a joy to Garcia. “It was cool to have friends to come up from the University and I’m fortunate to be able to see them after the game.”
Garcia always considers himself a Gator and watched the Florida football team fall to Alabama the night before in the SEC Championship game.
“They fought hard they always do, but they’re headed in the right direction obviously making it back to back to the SEC championship that’s a big accomplishment,” Garcia said of the current Gator team.
Despite it being early in his NFL career, Garcia has experienced quite a bit in his young career. He’s played a lot, played in postseason games and won a Super Bowl ring. However he looks forward to more and always remembers where he came from.