By Annie Reuter
Tom Petty has been honored with countless tributes throughout the music community following his death on Monday (October 2). One of the most unusual came on Saturday (Oct. 7) at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during a Florida Gators football game.
The team was playing the LSU Tigers, and between the third and fourth quarters, the entire stadium broke into song. The stadium crowd of 90,000 college football fans sang “I Won’t Back Down,” which was captured on video and social media.
“This one’s for you, @TomPetty,” the Gators’ official account tweeted with a short clip of the performance.
Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida and, for a short time, worked as a member of the grounds crew at the University of Florida. He died on Monday after suffering cardiac arrest.
Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) October 07, 2017
RIP Tom Petty. https://t.co/8akHgv3hKd—
Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) October 07, 2017