For decades, study abroad has been a wonderful opportunity for American college students to experience other cultures by living, learning, and getting alcohol poisoning all over the world. But these programs haven't traditionally been available to football players, due to the rigorous practice schedules to which they must adhere.
The University of Florida has been trying to change that over the last few years with an exciting new offering: football-only study abroad. And the response from the participating players has been outstanding. Here's what they gained from this special travel experience.
TYLER MURPHY, UF STUDY ABROAD BOSTON
"History's always been a passion of mine, so Boston was a natural opportunity to see so many of the places where America began. I was also fortunate enough to participate in a historical reenactment of the sacking of Troy, thanks to a cooperative arrangement with USC. That's something I'd never have been able to do with Gainesville's scheduling practices."
JACOBY BRISSETT, UF STUDY ABROAD RALEIGH
"Obviously, when you think of this part of North Carolina, you think of research, and the chance to work with some of the most brilliant minds in the country through NC State's Visiting Scholars program was invaluable. Shutout Engineering with Professor Dabo is shifting the college football paradigm, as I'm sure Miami fans learned last season. And the coaches here were kind enough to include a loss to Florida State to help me deal with any homesickness."
JEFF DRISKEL, UF STUDY ABROAD RUSTON
"Those assholes made me embrace Skip Holtz as a positive role model and I regret nothing. NOTHING."
And Florida's just getting started. Whether it's Will Grier possibly learning mountain chemistry in Morgantown or Treon Harris considering a year at UF's new Purdue Exchange Program, the future of the Gator quarterback lies far, far beyond the city limits of Gainesville!