Florida football had their national title hopes dashed in 2020 after a soul-crushing defeat to LSU. A variety of factors led to the loss, from the fog, to the offense not being in synch, and Evan McPherson missing a field goal.
Also, something something about a shoe being thrown.
And yet the culprit of one of the most infamous on-the-field moments in Florida Gators history claims that if he had the chance to do it again, he would.
Florida Football: Shoe game
We don’t need to rehash what happened. Florida made a third-down stop, and Marco Wilson threw a shoe.
Appearing on the Footballville podcast, Wilson was asked about the shoe incident and whether he would still throw the shoe if he had a chance to do it again.
"“100%. I’d probably throw it further.”"
See, it is one thing if you get caught up in the moment and make a mistake, but upon reflection, realize the legacy of the moment.
And there is an argument in Wilson’s defense that humor is the best way to power through these moments. After all, Florida would have still needed to beat Alabama the following week to make the playoffs, and they did not, so at the end of the day, the shoe throw is not what cost Florida football a national championship.
But this is not a quote sitting well with Florida fans based on online reactions. Generally speaking, if people show remorse for making a mistake, then most people can find empathy and move on. However, doubling down and claiming you would do it again will ensure the strain between Gator fans and Wilson has little chance of mending.
What’s done is done, and Marco Wilson probably has no love lost for Gator fans either, given the vitriol sent his way following that LSU game.