Chuck Heater, Florida:
Ten schools, 32 years, two national championships, one backup tight end.
They have all played into a long, accomplished career for Florida’s cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator. Florida is Heater’s 10th school since becoming a coach in 1976. In the 32 seasons since then, he has worked for six national coaches of the year.
However, he might not have hit the pinnacle of his career until 2006. Remember that crazy December day when Florida won the SEC title game and Southern California was upset by UCLA? The Gators didn’t know for another day that they had officially clinched a spot in the BCS title game.
But on the floor of the Rose Bowl that day was one Adam Heater connecting the football dots. Born in Columbus, Ohio (supposedly during his dad’s stop at Ohio State in the ’80s), UCLA’s backup tight end was reveling in his team’s role in getting his father’s team to the national championship game.
“I told him, we’ll take care of business if they take care of business,” Adam said that day. “It’s a great day for the Heaters.”