Petty song a new Florida Field tradition?

Florida fans sing “I Won’t Back Down,” in honor of Tom Petty during the Gators Homecoming game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun] The Swamp crowd singing Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” after the third quarter Saturday was such a big hit that it looks like it’s going to become a new Florida Field tradition.

UF athletic director Scott Stricklin posted on Twitter on Monday that the practice will continue, following the traditional “We Are the Boys” before the start of the fourth quarter

McElwain and the players will be glad to hear that.

“It was hard not to notice it,” UF coach Jim McElwain said of the Petty tribute. “I can’t say enough about the fans in The Swamp, and I had some comments from their people afterward: ‘Mac, unbelievable environment.’ It was. I credit our fans that show up and cheer our guys on.

“And then to see that after ‘We Are the Boys,’ and to hear that place in unison — that was, it was special. Credit goes to the people who put it together, and more than that, the response then of the fans. And, ultimately, I won’t back down. It kind of hits home, for me.”

Tribute to Tom Petty The players also noticed.

“I thought it was really cool,” junior offensive guard Tyler Jordan said. “I was sitting on the bench with coach (Brad) Davis and he was chalking stuff up. People started singing and I was looking around and I kind of forgot because my adrenaline was going and I was in the flow of the game. I just kind of forgot that we were going to play ‘I Won’t Back Down’. But, it was a really cool experience.”