Gators will Honor Tom Petty Saturday Night vs LSU

Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe and city officials planned to discuss permanent ways to honor Petty and the Heartbreakers at a city meeting on Thursday. Meanwhile, the University Athletic Association has its own tribute planned Saturday at the Gators-LSU Homecoming game.At the end of the third quarter, after the UF band plays "We Are the Boys from Old Florida" and fans lock arms and sway as they sing the UF spirit song, Petty's famous tune "I Won't Back Down" will blast across Steve Spurrier/Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to honor a local legend treasured by Gator Nation and far beyond.

"Let's celebrate together what he meant to the world of music and what he meant to this community,'' Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said. "Since we are already singing 'We are the Boys,' let's go right from that into one of his great anthems and make that the way we are going to jointly celebrate Tom Petty and the Gators."