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George Edmondson Jr.
Born 1922
Nationality American
Education Bachelors The Citadel
Occupation Insurance Salesman

George Edmondson Jr. of Tampa, Florida, known to University of Florida community as "Mr. Two Bits", is a football fan of -- and cheerleader for -- the Florida Gators football team.[1]

Before the beginning of University of Florida home football games (at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium), Mr. Two Bits comes to midfield wearing his signature yellow shirt with a blue and orange tie to lead the crowd in the "two bits" cheer. Mr. Two Bits silences the crowd by blowing a whistle and holding up a sign which reads "2 Bits." Once the crowd has drawn silent, Mr. Two Bits points to the crowd which signals the beginning of the cheer and the fans begin to cheer:

Two Bits!
Four Bits!
Six Bits!
A Dollar!
All for the Gators Stand up and holler!

The cheer began when Edmondson attended a Florida game in 1949 against his alma mater, the Citadel. The Gators were losing badly, so to boost their morale, Edmondson led them in a cheer about adding up bits (a "bit" is 12.5 cents).[2] Though Edmondson was never a University of Florida student, the university has named him an honorary alumnus of the school, and he has claimed it as his new alma mater.[3]

He retired from his cheerleading at the end of the 2008 Florida football season. Florida held a special ceremony prior to the UF/Citadel game in 2008 to "officially" retire Mr. Two Bits. Unlike his first "retirement" at the end of the 1998 season, Mr. Two Bits has not been seen on the field since the UF/Citadel game.

References

  1. ^ Mr. Two Bits at SPtimes.com
  2. ^ Mr. Two Bits at tbo.com
  3. ^ Article at cstv.com
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