90,000 Fans Sing “I Won’t Back Down” at University of Florida Football Game: A Goosebump-Inducing Tribute to Tom Petty

Tom Pet­ty grew up in Gainesville, Flori­da, in the back­yard of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Flori­da. On Sat­ur­day, dur­ing a foot­ball game against LSU, some 90,000 Gators fans gave Pet­ty a rau­cous send off, singing “I Won’t Back Down” in uni­son. Don’t know about you, but it gave me the chills.

BTW, if you’re won­der­ing what the occa­sion­al boos are all about, it’s the U. of Flori­da fans tak­ing the LSU march­ing band to task for dis­rupt­ing the Pet­ty sing-along. Or so it was per­ceived.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

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A 17-Hour, Chrono­log­i­cal Jour­ney Through Tom Petty’s Music: Stream the Songs That Became the Sound­tracks of Our Lives

Watch Tom Pet­ty (RIP) and the Heart­break­ers Per­form Their Last Song Togeth­er, “Amer­i­can Girl”: Record­ed on 9/25/17

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