FOUR BITS: Speights, Floyd, Zunino, Fason

By Adam Silverstein
January 24, 2013

1 » The Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday traded reserve center Marreese Speights to the Cleveland Cavaliers after signing him to a two-year, $8 million contract in the offseason. Speights, who was originally acquired via trade by Memphis one year ago, played a big role for the Grizzlies last season as a fill-in for injured starter Zach Randolph. With Randolph healthy and Speights seeing limited minutes, including him in a package made sense for Memphis. He is averaging 6.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game this season.

2 » Former Florida Gators defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd published a second “thank you” letter to fans, following up the first placement in The Independent Florida Alligator with a second in The Gainesville Sun. Below is the text of Floyd’s second letter:

Dear Gator Fans:

When I came down here from Philadelphia three years ago, you rolled out the red carpet for me and welcomed me warmly. My three years in Gainesville have been the best years of my life. As much as I would like to remain here for another year and win and SEC Championship, the opportunity for me to enter the NFL draft now was one I could not turn down. I am very excited about the opportunity to represent the University of Florida in the National Football League with my Gator brethren. I promise to come back from time to time to visit old friends and root the Gators on to another National Championship. Thanks to all of the Gator fans who have supported me and the team the last few years. You are the best!


Sharrif Floyd
Gator for Life

Check out two VIDEO BITS…after the break!

3 » Gainesville Television Network reporter Julie Quittner sat down with Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino for a one-on-one interview before he leaves Gainesville, FL to participate in MLB spring training. Check out what Zunino had to say below:

4 » Former Gators running back Ciatrick Fason was interviewed earlier this month by First Coast News about playing at Florida and what he has been doing since retiring from football. After hanging up his cleats, Fason went to EMT school but decided it was not for him. Instead, he started a brand new youth sports organization called Star Ready Athletes and hopes to continue giving back to the community.


  1. gatorboi352 says:


    My second favorite Gator back behind Emmitt!

  2. Basshole says:

    Awesome gesture by Floyd, he will definitely be missed!

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