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Florida walk-on defensive lineman Gary Beemer scored his first touchdown ever in the fourth quarter of the Gators' 48-10 win over Appalachian State on Saturday. (AP photo)
In a Florida Senior Day full of emotional moments – Ahmad Black’s prayer in the end zone, Mike Pouncey wearing a helmet for his introduction because he didn’t want everyone to see him cry, half of the lineup swaying to “We Are the Boys” – one stood out above the rest.
Walk-on defensive lineman Gary Beemer scored the first touchdown of his life. Coach Urban Meyer put him in late in the fourth quarter, and it took Beemer three carries to get the most memorable moment of his football career.
“He works harder than anybody on the team. He gave his life to this program too. He don’t get all the fame and all the glory,” said Pouncey. “He’s a special guy to us. We love him like a brother.”
Afterward, he entertained the media for about five minutes, showing anyone in the press room why he’s a favorite among his teammates and coaches. Beemer has already graduated and is working on his master’s degree in exercise physiology. He’ll be back next season as a graduate assistant on the strength and conditioning staff. His goal is to pursue a career in coaching.
For now, though, he’s enjoying his senior day.